Top 10 African Countries With The Best Educational System (2024)

Education is seen as the foundation of any developing country. As such, most countries take it as vital and essential to develop all educational systems and improve the literacy rate in their country.


Africa is not exceptional, as it has a lot of countries who take educational advancement and development pertinent. However, to know how the African countries rank in terms of education, let’s look at the list of top ten best education system in the continent.



Seychelles is a small island and one of the least countries in the continent in terms of area. With it dinky size, it inhibits about 95,000 people of which makes possible for education to be uniformly circulated around the country. 

In UNESCO “education for all” goal set by UN subsidiary, Seychelles is the only African country that has been able to reach this feat. The country is rated 69.3 points in terms of education by the World Economic Forum. And by this virtue, the only African country in the top 50 rated education system globally. It occupy the 43rd position ahead of Ukraine, Hungary, Russia and UAE. 

Much of advancement of education in the country has been credited to the Seychelles government. A report was stated by UNESCO in 2016 stating that the Seychelles government spent 11.72% of their total expenditure on education. This is applicable in the country  as its seen that students up to the age of 16 have free and compulsory education, and continuing through secondary school until the age of 18. 

All these are factors that ranks Seychelles as the best country in Africa considering individual educational systems.


This country located in the southern tip of the continent is seen as the most popular country. The country is ranked 84th on global education system, and has one of the best education system in Africa.

That’s why they earn the rank in the second place.  Complementing to making South Africa educationally developed is their government. 18 percent of the country’s budget goes on improving the standards of education.

For this reason, South African universities rank among the best in Africa extending to the world rank. A considerable number of South Africans are literate, as such the illiteracy level in the country is drastically reduced.


Much of Mauritius educational advancement was initiated from the time of British colonialism where they influenced much improving the then aberrated scene. After gaining independence, they continue by adopting the British education system which has impacted much on the country in the present day.

A riverine territory surrounded by the Pacific, the country attracts tourist activities which is complemented by education development. The country has and estimated literacy rate around 84.40% and merits to take a third place in this list.


This is the most educational system Arab country in Africa and as such ranks  as the fourth best education system in the continent and 71st in the global education system ranking with 61.4 points. 

The country has improved schools which is deeply invested by both government and private individuals. This results to the country ranking as 49th position for School life expectancy and 51 st for Pupil-to-teacher ratio in primary education.

The Tunisian government through its rich oil revenue, focuses on revamping the education system. This has been seen in the quality universities and colleges that the developing nation has put in place to achieve the aim of being the best education system in the African continent. Also, the government has more than 20 percent of the country’s budget allocated for education. 


A look at educational structures in Namibia,  it could be seen that the East African country has a large number of more than 1500 quality world class schools. This also indicates that Namibia has pay serious attention to education. 

It is compulsory for every citizen in the country between the age limit of 6-16 to receive an education in any of their schools. The interesting part of the story is that the government has responsibility for this academic period of 10 years (from age 6 to age 16), by providing academic funds. Fees like school fees is being paid for every eligible students by the Namibian government as stipulated in their constitution.

Namibia’s academic institutions has been on the world rank due to the government prioritizing the education spread in the country.


Kenya is another popular African country on the list, it is known mostly for her wildlife which has been the contributing source to 70% of the country’s tourist revenue.

The Kenyan government sets 8 years as the duration specified for primary education. The government of Kenya has given educational uplift to the people of the country.  

This East African country was colonized by the Britain and much work was done to make the country educationally developed. This work is complemented by the indigenous government, as they make the country to have presently more than 30 tertiary institutions which has attracted foreigners to the country to utilize the quality of the educational system.


Going to Algeria gives a picture of the educational systems that are in place.

The country which is located in North Africa, ranks as 88th best  education system country globally. The country is also the 5th rank in Africa with 57.4 points. 

The government of Kenya has tried to make the country’s population of 41.3 million to have about more than half  as being literate.


The government in Libya grants free and compulsory primary education to all citizens of the country. This has been possible through the availability of much deposits of oil in the country which has increased the revenue to manage the educational system. 

Libya has an estimated 82.60% literacy rate to be ranked as one of the best education system in the continent. 


According to the UNESCO rank of education in the countries in the world, Egypt ranks has 71% a the average literacy rate and is ranked in the 99th position on global education system. The country comes as the and 9th best education system in Africa with 52.8 points. 

Education is not just compulsory but mandatory  for all and sundry in the country. The Egyptian government empowers all children for 12 years from age 6 to age 17 in the country.


Ghana is the tenth ranked African country in terms of education system. There is a norm in the country, as it’s mandatory for every citizen between the age of 6 to 16 to receive an education.  This and also adding the numbers of quality schools of learning in the country has keep them in the African view of best education system.


Many countries still follow on the echelon, but that’s has been our take on it, as we outlined top 10 countries in Africa that has their education system approaching world standards. If you might be choosing where to study, these countries schools should be you pick  as they are well equipped educationally.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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