Top 100 secondary school’s in Africa


There has been a marked rise of very good secondary schools all over the continent. Whilst government schools within African countries started off the best, following independence, much has changed. For the most part, private schools (we consider missionary school as private) outperform government schools. In addition, international schools have taken Africa by storm. Below is the list of 100 best secondary schools. 1. Grey College South Africa 2. Rift Valley Academy Kenya 3. King Edward VII School South Africa 4. Hilton College South Africa 5. St. George’s College Zimbabwe 6. Prince Edward School Zimbabwe 7. International School of Kenya Kenya 8. Accra Academy Ghana 9. Lycée Lamine Guèye Senegal 10. Adisadel College Ghana 11. St John’s College Houghton South Africa 12. Maritzburg College South Africa 13. Lycée Guebre Mariam Ethiopia 14. Selborne College South Africa 15. St Alban’s College South Africa 16. Lycée Lyautey Morocco 17. Durban High School South Africa 18. Grey High School South Africa 19. St Andrew`s College South Africa 20. Gateway High School Zimbabwe 21. Glenwood High School South Africa 22. Rainbow International School Uganda 23. Lycée Moulay Youssef Morocco 24. Kearsney College South Africa 25. St. James High School Zimbabwe 26. Wynberg Boys High School South Africa 27. Pretoria Boys High School South Africa 28. Lycée Français de Tananarive Madagascar 29. Mauritius College of the Air Mauritius 30. International School Moshi Tanzania 31. Le Collège Mermoz Ivory Coast 32. Strathmore School Kenya 33. Parktown Boys’ High School South Africa 34. International School of Tanganyika Tanzania 35. Holy Child School Ghana 36. Christ The King College Onitsha Nigeria 37. Graeme College South Africa 38. Jeppe High School for Boys South Africa 39. Alliance High School Kenya 40. Hillcrest School Jos Nigeria 41. Kingswood College South Africa 42. Hamilton High School Zimbabwe 43. Lincoln International School Uganda 44. Lycée Victor Hugo Morocco 45. Alexandra High School South Africa 46. École Normale Supérieure Guinea 47. Ghana International School Ghana 48. Arundel School Zimbabwe 49. Rondebosch Boys’ High School South Africa 50. Starehe Boys’ Centre Kenya 51. American International School of Johannesburg South Africa 52. Victoria Park High School South Africa 53. Methodist Boys High School Sierra Leone 54. Harare International School Zimbabwe 55. Methodist Girls High School Sierra Leone 56. Lenana School Kenya 57. St. Andrew’s High School Malawi 58. Benoni High School South Africa 59. Waddilove High School Zimbabwe 60. Roedean School South Africa 61. Wykeham Collegiate Independent School for Girls South Africa 62. Lycee Francais du Caire Egypt 63. Christian Brothers’ College Bulawayo Zimbabwe 64. Kamuzu Academy Malawi 65. Mount Pleasant High School Zimbabwe 66. Mfantsipim School Ghana 67. Chisipite Senior School Zimbabwe 68. Gayaza High School Uganda 69. Kutama College Zimbabwe 70. Wheelus High School Libya 71. Michaelhouse School South Africa 72. Westville Boys’ High School South Africa 73. Namilyango College Uganda 74. Government College Umuahia Nigeria 75. Muir College South Africa 76. Wesley Girls High School Ghana 77. Alexander Sinton High School South Africa 78. Lycée Faidherbe Senegal 79. Royal College Port Louis Mauritius 80. Lycée La Fontaine Niger 81. Lycée Lyautey de Casablanca Morocco 82. Settlers High School South Africa 83. Nyeri High School Kenya 84. Pinetown Boys’ High School South Africa 85. Kings’ College Lagos Nigeria 86. Lycée Français Liberté Mali 87. Paarl Boys’ High School South Africa 88. St. Paul’s College Namibia 89. Tafari Makonnen School Ethiopia 90. Wynberg Girls’ High School South Africa 91. Bingham Academy Ethiopia 92. Port Shepstone High School South Africa 93. Clapham High School South Africa 94. Hillcrest Secondary School Kenya 95. South African College School South Africa 96. Lycée Blaise Diagne Senegal 97. St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls South Africa 98. Townsend High School Zimbabwe 99. St.Gregory’s College Nigeria 100. St. Patrick School Zimbabwe The Raking Methodology: Expectedly the rankings of the “100 Best Secondary Schools in Africa” were met with displeasure from most of the people who left their comments on the article. Most people emailed the editor regarding the methodology that was used in compiling the list. I should state here that ranking high schools from different countries across the continent is always going to be difficult as different countries follow different curriculums and take part in completely different regional assessments. The author selected the list of schools that have historical prominence at a national and regional level. That is the reason most schools that featured on the list are also quite old, some started well before their corresponding countries became independent. This is especially the case for most public secondary/high schools. Here it is important to note that not all schools take part in regional assessments. Yet, not a single school was eliminated for lack of regional accomplishments. Schools that were very good at a national level, yet lacked regional presence were also considered given that they did not have any regional assessments to partake. The author then went over the list of a few hundred schools selecting the schools that continued to lead at a national and regional level especially in the past few years when there has been national and regional rankings for secondary/high schools. It is also important to state that countries have different rakings and they rank different criteria which made it difficult to harmonize the list. In addition to how the different schools have performed at a national level, schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships at a national and international level earned points above those that did not. On this, some schools had an advantage over others in that the data was readily available on their own websites or their Wikipedia pages. International schools are a case in point. And success of individuals did not translate into success of the school that that particular individual attended. For instance, Koffi Annan was not enough to have Mfantsipim School (Ghana) on the list. Performance of a school is much more than what one individual had done. Mfantsipim School (Ghana) has done much more than nurturing a UN Secretary General. The article mentioned, “Most of these schools are old, with tremendous wealth of history. The performance of such schools did take consistency into consideration to eliminate the quick rise and quick fall cases. In addition, great schools such as the African Leadership Academy have yet to prove themselves over years. Only time will tell whether they will remain at the highest level they are at.” Some readers may disagree with the way we construct our rankings methodology. Let us know if we missed an important component below in comments. While we should always celebrate success of private enterprise and involvement of the private sector in education, it is important to ask the question; “Is the high performance of private schools at the cost of public schools?” This is an important question since the majority of the continent lack the means to pay for the skyrocketing costs of private institutions and choose instead to rely on public schools notwithstanding the fact that each African deserves good quality education. While I do not believe that a cap on secondary school fees will help, I stand convinced that African governments need to spend more on secondary school education Source: AfricaNews.Com

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