World Education Report Card: Iceland vs Nigeria

Written by Elvis Boniface

We told you everyday Nigeria plays an opponent in the ongoing world cup, we present you an Education report card, a sort of education comparison using some indices.

For today’s match between Iceland and Nigeria, see the report card below. And leave your comment.

Education System

           Iceland: compulsory for 10 years from    age 6-15.

           Nigeria: compulsory for 9 years from age 6-14


           Iceland: (age 3-5) 97%.

            Nigeria: (age 5) 42% Available figure (2010)

Primary school completion

           Iceland: 98%

            Nigeria: 64%

Student-teacher ratio:

           Iceland: 10 in primary, 7 in secondary.

            Nigeria: 37 in primary, not available in secondary.

Issues and Reforms

           Iceland: An OECD report in 2016 said an ageing teacher population was raising fears of staff shortages in the future. Two years earlier, Iceland said it wanted at least 90% of school students to reach minimum reading standards – up from 79%.

            Nigeria: Boko Haram’s reign of terror has devastated the education system in the northeast. Almost 1400 schools have been destroyed, over 2295 teachers killed and three million children need emergency support on education.

Star(Inspiring) Fact

           Iceland: Striker Alfred Finnbogason who shocked the world by scoring Iceland’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Argentina spent two years being educated at a primary school in Edinburgh, Scotland, because his father was studying at university there. He said: “It was a fantastic time, a big influence on me.”

             Nigeria: Chelsea winger Victor Moses was playing football in the street at the age of 11 when his parents were murdered. Family members paid for him to go to England a week later as an asylum seeker


About the author

Elvis Boniface

Ordained Evangelist of the Education Ministry. Learning is my lifestyle, credo and religion. On a mission to disrupt and redirect Africa's Education conversation using Technology and Media. We can do it. Open to discuss any Education initiative and idea. #peace

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