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A Nigerian Website has Ranked Gayaza and Namilyango among the top 100 Best Secondary Schools in Africa

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Posted July 26, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Africa ~ 4,780 views

     

A Nigerian Website has Ranked Gayaza High School, Namilyango College, Rainbow International School Uganda, and Lincoln International School Uganda, among the top 100 Best Secondary Schools in Africa ~ without knowing the criteria the research website used to rank the schools, this needs to be received with a grain of salt.

If you were to ask Ugandans what the best schools are right now, you would be assured of a heated debate.

But considering that the Naira Land website is pretty well respected in terms of its research (the interface design aside) ~ here is the list as they see it. South Africa leads with the number of best schools in the collection.

Where do you think your Ugandan Alma Mater should Rank?  we would love to hear your thoughts.

www.nairaland.com  list of the top 100 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


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10 Comments


  1.  

    1. I think your ‘Alma Marta’ should be spelled ‘Alma Mater’ :-) 2. The grain of salt you recommend we receive this with because of not knowing the criteria or methodology of research, is confusing when we get to the point where you say that this site is “well respected in terms of its research”.
    Quite simply I think we should be happy with this showing and proclaim it from the mountain tops so we work out how to get more schools listed in this manner. What are those schools doing correct and how? How do we get the schools we thought were good onto such a list, after working out what they might not be doing? And so on and so forth.




  2.  
    Nanteza M

    must be a list published by invitation for ulterior motives because a more respectable “list” would 1st mention their criteria, used to come to these results. Next time please record a disclaimer before publishing such unsubstantiated “news”….Those who are versed with the Ugandan experience would be DUMBFOUNDED!




  3.  
    poet

    @nanteza
    your argument clearly shows why the school you went to is not on the list. I’m saddened by Ugandans thinking that ONLY classroom performance will produce good students, nevertheless instead of asking about criteria and creating conspiracies, I would guess if u read their terms u would know that you can request for the criteria just from the website. maybe your question should be, “shouldn’t Uganda have more schools on the list?”




  4.  
    Steven

    I agree that it would be good to know what criteria they used to define ” best schools”, does it entail academics, only? or maybe graduation rates/ quality of services offered in schools? etc. Now i do not doubt for a moment that RSA and Nigeria may have some good schools. I noticed that there seems to be many schools from Nigeria and RSA. This makes me wonder if there was some sampling bias. Anyway It is a well known fact that Nigerians have a very high literacy level.. ergo, number of Phd per capita is probably one of the highest in Africa and South Africa.. well that is self explanatory.
    However i still would have to see what method this study used to get excited about it.




  5.  
    olyd

    Simon and Poet I concur with you. Having experienced South African schools, I probably have an idea. The South African schools on the list are all the great schools that every South African parent (with real dime) dreams about. I wonder why schools such as St Stithians are missing on the list, which one would imagine would be way above, Rhodeans, King Edwards the VII and so on. My son had been admitted to St Stithians but we chose to go for King Edwards the VII because it was relatively much cheaper.

    My greatest surprise ..was the 5 star hotel standard facilities in the boarding section. Imagine me comparing this with my Nabbingo. The dining section and the food was better than one would get in a typical 5 star hotel. Some so called first class Uganda hotels cannot compete. Everything (other school facilities) was so amazing and at just a fraction of the costs of St Stithians…which by the way, had a students car park, with cars that I will probably not even dare dream about. And I love beautiful cars. Those student cars (secondary students) which I saw several years ago, and not yet on Ugandan roads..well I have not seen such display as yet.

    I will not comment on the academics because Makerere will shrink at the qualifications of the teachers in those schools. I recently visited a secondary school in the UK with all its teachers and most of its non teaching stuff from Oxbridge…minimum qualification is a PhD. And according to their records, 90% of the students are destined to the Alma mater of their teachers. Annual Fees £34,000 minus extras. The extras are not the cheapies we mortal people are used to….think about trips to the moon. I think you get my drift. And there is a note on the fees section….that often parents prefer to pay for full amount due in one transaction, but if ………………….of course the rest is insignificant as the would be parents of such a school do not even bother to read the rest.

    And the Nigerians have a way of finding themselves in many of these schools on the list. Because they can afford it.




  6.  
    olyd

    Simon and Poet, I concur with you and I hear you Steven. Having experienced South African schools, I probably have an idea. A very good idea.!The South African schools on the list are all the great schools that every South African parent (with real dime) dreams about. I wonder why schools such as St Stithians are missing on the list, which one would imagine would be way above most of the ones on the list whichever criteria and whichever way one looked at it. My son had been admitted to St Stithians but we chose to go for King Edwards the VII because it was far much cheaper.

    My greatest surprise ..was the 5 star hotel standard facilities in the boarding section. Imagine myself comparing this with my Nabbingo. The dining section and the food was better than one would get in a typical 5 star hotel. Some so called first class Uganda hotels could not compete even if they tried. Everything (other school facilities) was so amazing and at just a fraction of the costs of St Stithians…which by the way, had a students car park, with cars that I will probably not even dare dream about. And I love beautiful cars. Those student cars (secondary students) which I saw several years ago, are not yet on Ugandan roads..well I have not seen such display as yet.

    I will not comment on the academics because Makerere will wince at the teaching facilities and qualifications of the teachers in those schools. I recently visited a secondary school in the UK with all its teachers and most of its non teaching stuff proudly Oxbridge with minimum qualification being a PhD. To teach in that school, you must have a PhD or above ..and as things were or seemed, from Oxbridge. And according to their records, 90% of the students are destined to the Alma mater of their teachers. Annual Fees £34,000 minus extras. The extras are not the cheapies we mortals are used to….think about trips to the moon. I think you get my drift. And there is a note on the fees advisory section….that often parents prefer to pay for full amount due in one transaction, but if ………………….of course the rest is insignificant to the would be parents of such a school.

    As for sports and other extracurricular..those schools are in a league of their own. And that makes me have an idea of why Schools like Gayaza and Namilyango (the only non-International Ugandan schools) made it to the list. And as for academics..those thinking about the current Ugandan grades, pass rate, exam cheating rate, etc should forget it…that type of quality assessment for those seeking to know which criteria was used is only for us Ugandan parents. Recently, my 2 boys in a UK grammar schools were on holiday in Uganda. I used the opportunity to have my gifted nephew in his final year Engineering course at Makerere give them some math lessons. He has been helping many students with maths. He was mesmerised at how much knowledge the year 9 and 10 knew.. He got lost along the way. And it makes me conclude that what people learn from such schools is one of the criteria used.

    And the Nigerians have a way of finding themselves in many of these schools on the list for mainly one reason. They have no problem with affordability.

    Nanteza, I may be wrong, but you will be dumbfounded if you ever get a chance to visit some of the schools mentioned on the list. Like Makerere as mentioned above, you will be totally lost.




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