There has been a marked rise of very good secondary schools all over the African continent. Whilst government schools within African countries started off the best, following independence, much has changed. For the most part, private schools (they consider missionary schools as private school as well) outperform government schools. In addition, international schools have taken Africa by storm. Below is the list of 100 best secondary schools.

Fourteen of our very own Zimbabwean schools made it onto the list, which is a great achievement, South Africa has 30 schools.

The survey was carried by a South African publication, Buzzsouthafrica. The survey focused on schools that have historical prominence at national and regional level.

My Zimbabwe News has reproduced the full list below:

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.

It should be states 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.

NB: 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.





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Naome
+2 # Naome 2014-12-20 09:23
Ku tsvaga mazita echirungu chete.
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gee
0 # gee 2014-12-20 11:01
I having been trying to think on how dis list was complied and wat criteria used. but got all the answer. the answer is...........th e list was complied by our minister of higher edu cde oppah muchinguri
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gee
0 # gee 2014-12-20 11:06
I m trying to reach cde chinos for comment, but chinos is uncheachable arikudaira fone oti u have reached chinos' mobirrii ndamboyenda kunofudza mombe danq
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chief
0 # chief 2014-12-20 13:56
top schools in terms of what
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selele
0 # selele 2014-12-22 15:55
I did not get 3 A's at A-Level. But I was in a school environment which I think made me more sophisticated and some what better positioned to relate to this world than many of my extremely intelligent "peers" from prestigious B-schools :lol: :lol: :lol: Ah..those days!!

It is my strong opinion that I was lucky not to go to Gina, Tsambe, Fletcher St. Goro or any of those B schools. My five points at P.E. are okay and took me quite far 8)
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shungu
0 # shungu 2014-12-30 22:18
Ko Sanyati Baptist inoburitsa ma 20 points haipo wani?
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mynameis
0 # mynameis 2015-01-09 04:09
These list ezvikoro always make me very mad who compiles this garbage and where do they get their info from? more importantly what criteria do they use?
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mynameis
0 # mynameis 2015-01-09 04:19
nxa shit mhani
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JOKONIA
+1 # JOKONIA 2015-02-18 17:56
Ndiudzeiwo kuti Mount Pleasent irikutsvagei palist iyo. Maybe there is another mount pleseant coz the one know yakadhakwa
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Saskum
0 # Saskum 2015-11-19 08:24
Nonsense man. Perhaps in the past Mount Pleasant High was a prominent School but you certainly cannot say thatb now. lets be serious. A list with Mount Pleasent High and there is no Flacon College, St Johns College etc. Ndoo majokosi chaiwo awa.
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