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Seychelles’ education system ranked first in Africa, 43rd in the world |21 September 2022

Seychelles is the only African country whose education system features among the top 50 in the world, according to Business Insider Africa.

This ranking has been published by the site

According to the site, Seychelles is ranked 43rd worldwide, ahead of Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. It is ranked 28th in the world for Critical Thinking in Teaching and 34th for Graduate Skillset.

Seychelles is the first and only African country to have fully accomplished Unesco’s “education for all” aim.

When the survey was made Seychelles had a population of 98,347 people. “The country has a 95.87 percent literacy rate and is ranked 28th in the world for teaching and critical thinking. With 69.3 points, it also ranks top among African countries with the finest education. Education is obligatory until the age of 16, and then free until the age of 18. Uniforms must be purchased, although books and tuition are not,” stated the author of the article, Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka ACMC.

The article further refers about thegross primary enrolment rate which was at 114% in 2002, while the net primary enrollment rate was 100%. The gross and net enrolment ratios are calculated using the number of kids nominally registered in primary school and do not always represent actual school attendance. In Seychelles today, a system of free education has been in effect since 1981, which is compulsory up to the age of 16 and free through secondary school until the age of 18. Students must pay for uniforms, but not for books or tuition.

This is indeed some encouraging news for our country. The ranking for the African countries is as follow:

  1.         Seychelles
  2.         Tunisia
  3.         South Africa
  4.         Mauritius
  5.         Algeria
  6.         Botswana
  7.         Kenya
  8.         Cape-Verde
  9.         Egypt
  10.      Namibia


Compiled by Vidya Gappy

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