100 Best Secondary Schools in Africa – Check to see if your school made it?

Grading a list of the best secondary schools per country across Africa

Grading a list of the best secondary schools per country across Africa is always going to be a difficult task. What makes it complex is the the differences in curricular and assessments. The author paid more attention to schools that have been prominent at national and regional level.

You will find most of the the schools featured on the list are  quite old, the reason being the historical aspect the author went by. Some 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.

In the list, South Africa not only takes the cake in-terms of the number of schools but they also occupy, numero uno, the number one place. Grey College of South Africa comes up top of the list as expected. Kenya didn’t do too shabbily with 8 slots their Rift Valley Academy coming in at No. 2 in Africa and overall best secondary school in Kenya.

We have two schools in Zimbabwe taking positions 5 and 6, another Kenyan school at number 7. The academic giants like Alliance, Starehe Boy s and Lenana ranked very many slots behind Rift Valley Academy. Here is a list of 100 best secondary schools in Africa

Please take the list in, have a look at the methodology the author used then you can comment. This wasn’t an easy task as mentioned before but I also believe having an indication is a start. Also discussing it is vital for Africans because my belief is,  Education will be the cornerstone of Africa’s renaissance.

I challenge Africa to start coming up with an Afrocentric system of education that is geared to solving Africa’s challenges like poverty, disease, development and growth. This education must be designed to empower the people of Africa to change develop and grow their environment.

Please see the list below of 100 best schools in Africa

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

Methodology Used by the author

  • 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.

Some people may not agree with this ranking, that is fine too, but in my mind Africa has to re-evaluate education to suit its people and environment.


Amidst all this mayhem – How we miss Mandela!

How we all miss Madiba, amidst the corruption charges of President Mbeki, Zuma and Julius Malema. Nelson Mandela was a man of principle. He understood the vital importance of the constitutional principles of accountability and the rule of Law. He submitted himself before the courts and the people he represented.

How we all miss Madiba, amidst the corruption charges of President Mbeki, Zuma, Julius Malema and others. Nelson Mandela was a man of principle. He understood the vital importance of the constitutional principles of accountability and the rule of Law. He submitted himself before the courts and the people he represented.

However it is a disgrace to see how the ruling elite has strayed from the example set by Madiba. The corruption in South Africa is definitely getting worse as is evident with Jacob Zuma defiance in rebelling against the rule of Law and protocol of Parliament.

South Africa is definitely in a better position than many of the other African countries to tackle the problem of corruption.   Given all the resources available to tackle corruption, do South Africans perceive the government to be failing in this regard. A study showed that on average a little over half (56%) of people on the African continent thought that their governments were doing a poor job in “their efforts to fight corruption”.

15% of South Africans said that they had paid a bribe in the previous year compared with an average of 30% of Africans, who had paid a bribe,

So there is evidence that the heart of the problem lies in the lack of accountability for maladministration and corruption. The problem starts with the president – while there are various efforts by the government to tackle corruption committed by politicians and government officials is driving negative public perceptions of corruption in South Africa.

President Zuma is not solely responsible for all corruption in the public sector, but he certainly has stymied any progress that could have been made in this regard. In addition to his own shady dealings with people like convicted fraudster Shabir Shaik, he has repeatedly appointed people of low ethical standards to key positions in cabinet and the criminal justice system.

Rather than trying to justify the indefensible or attacking important institutions such as the public protector, the ANC now needs to be at the forefront of holding its leaders to account for corruption and maladministration. Failing to do so will not only undermine Mandela’s proud legacy, but will also further damage South Africa’s prospects of solving its most pressing problems of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

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