Top 5 Most Educated States in Nigeria (See Your State’s Position Here) – SHARE THIS
Some states have, in terms of education, gone much further than others. Current statistics have shown that these under-listed states are some of the most educationally advantaged in Nigeria.
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Ranking of the 37 states in Nigeria (Most Educated to Least Educated)
The tag ‘Most educated state’ in Nigeria is usually an emotional subject. Anybody with an iota of pride would want to claim that crown for their own state.
This is one discussion that is never-ending. Many contend that a table listing the most educated states must consider all variables before making a final conclusion.
According to this school of thought, basing your argument on, say, the state with the highest number of professors would produce a different result with a ranking based on the number of tertiary institutions in a state.
But given that record keeping in Nigeria is notoriously bad, the best criteria for this sort of ranking must be easily verifiable.
Raw stats must be accepted as is.
That is why this ranking is based on the senior secondary school examination, SSCE. The examination organized by the West African Examination Council, WAEC, is a national exam, and the tests are standardized irrespective of state.
The marking scheme, too, is standardized for all states of the Federation. And each year, the results are published for all to see. These results cannot be disputed because there is a consistent pattern in terms of performance.
The positions of the states are based on the average performance in the last three years in SSCE. For brevity, the stats are based on the number of students who had 5 credits and above, including English and mathematics.
Most educated to least educated state in Nigeria
1. Abia State
The slogan ‘God’s Own State’ seems apt for Abia as the most educated state in Nigeria currently. In the last three years, this state has always been a consistent performer, always found in the top 3 positions.
The state has averaged a 65% pass rate over the last three years.
In 2014 SSCE, Anambra state was the best-performing state. But over the last 3 years, Abia has performed better to upstage the state whose slogan is ‘Light of the Nation.’
In last year’s result, about 28 thousand students out of the 47 thousand who sat for the exams had 5 credits and above.
Edo State, also known as ‘The Heartbeat of the Nation’, is the third most educated state in Nigeria based on final year high school results.
Like Abia and Anambra, students from Edo State have consistently placed in the top three over the last three years.
In 2014, Rivers was 5th on the table below Bayelsa State. In subsequent years since then, the consistency of the students has seen it displace Bayelsa as the fourth state in the rankings.
Kudos to the ‘Treasure Base of the Nation’ for the excellent performance of its students.
Imo state is on a mission to be the numero uno of the most educated state in Nigeria rankings. 3 years ago, it was placed 8th but has now risen to the 5th position.
Watch out, Abia, “The Eastern Heartland” is coming for your crown.
The ‘Center of Excellence’ comes in as number 6, which is a slight improvement from the 7th position it occupied 3 years ago. This shows that over the last 3 years, the state has consistently maintained its position between the 6th and 7th.
The latest figures showed that about 68,000 students out of about 115,000 who sat for the SSCE exams had five credits and above.
After a 4th place 3 years ago, Baylesa state moved down the table to place 7th. The challenge for Baylesa now is to arrest any further slides.
However, for a state considered the educationally disadvantaged, the ‘Glory of All Lands’ is not doing badly.
‘The Big Heart’ state is sitting pretty in the 8th position. Delta State, too, has been consistent as its position over the last three years has hovered between 8th and 9th.
The ‘Coal City State’ comes in at the 9th position in the most educated state ranking. Considering that it was the 6th ranked state just 3 years ago, the state needs to sit up.
Three years ago, Ebonyi State was 11th in the rankings. It has also shown consistency by staying in the same position over the last three years.
However, this ‘Salt of the Nation’ should be applauded for being consistent in the top 10 as it is also classified as an educationally disadvantaged state.
‘The Fountain of Knowledge’ has a reputation for having the highest number of professors in Nigeria. Perhaps most of the students from Ekiti are late bloomers.
Formerly the capital of the Northern region and still home to some of the most prestigious academic institutions, the ‘Center of Learning’ placed 12th, a markdown from 10th position 3 years ago.
The ‘Sunshine State’ has held this position for the last 3 years. You get the feeling they are satisfied with their position in the rankings. This is bad for a state considered one of the most educationally advantaged states in the country.
The nation’s capital, also known as the ‘Center of Unity’, placed 14th. This has been its position over the last three years.
‘The Confluence State’ takes up the 15th position in our ranking. Though classified as educationally disadvantaged, the state improved its position from the 20th three years ago.
‘The Food Basket of the Nation’ clearly has a bit of time for schools besides producing food for the nation. The 16th place is an improvement from its 19th place three years ago.
17. Akwa Ibom
Coming in at 17th is the ‘Land of Promise.’ Despite its vast oil wealth, the state slid down the table from the 14th-place finish 3 years ago.
Three years ago, a 30% pass rate was enough to place Kwara in the 16th position. But the Place of Harmony’ has allowed Benue state to usurp that position.
‘The Gateway State’ is also one of the states to maintain its position over the last three years.
20. Cross River
This educationally disadvantaged state has also remained consistent as it has fallen between the 19th and 20th in the last three years.
“Nature’s Gift to the Nation” has shown a remarkable improvement to come in at 21 in the most educated States ranking. It placed 27th three years ago
‘The Home of Peace and Tourism’ has also shown consistency over the last 3 years. Its 19.4% pass rate was enough for the 23rd three years ago. A slight improvement has taken them one step up.
An 18.2% pass rate was enough to give ‘The Home of Solid Minerals’ 25th place three years ago. They have improved slightly to the 23rd position.
The largest state in terms of population in the North is ranked as the 24th most educated state in the country. Perhaps, students in the ‘Center of Commerce’ would rather join adults in commercial activities.
In spite of the activities of terrorists, the ‘Home of Peace’ has managed to improve its position in the last 3 years when it placed 28th most educated state in Nigeria
Many would be shocked to see ‘Pace Setter’ in this position. The state is not even among the educationally disadvantaged states in the country. But they have consistently placed low in the rankings.
The so-called ‘Power State’ is more famous for producing heads of State, it seems. It has consistently languished around this position over the last 3 years.
The ‘Land of Beauty, Sunshine, and Hospitality’ takes up the dubious position of the most educated state in the 10 least educated states in Nigeria.
Again, another surprising inclusion in the 10 least educated states in Nigeria. The ‘State of the Living Spring’, an educationally advantaged state, has retrogressed badly. Three years ago, it was at number 22.
The ‘Seat of the Caliphate’ takes up the unfortunate position of the 8th least educated state in Nigeria. It improved slightly from the 32nd position it occupied three years ago.
The raw data shows that Bauchi is on an upward trajectory. Over the course of 3 years, the ‘Pearl of Tourism’ has improved from the 36th to the 31st position in the rankings.
‘The Land of Equity,” though still in the 10 least educated states, has slightly improved from the 34th position three years ago.
The ‘State of Hospitality’ is also one of the few states showing retrogression. Three years ago, it placed 29th in the rankings.
One thing that can be said about the ‘Jewel in the Savannah’ is the fact they have been consistent. The 5.6% pass rate was enough for 35th place in the rankings three years ago.
‘The New World’ makes it into the top 3 of the least educated state in Nigeria in the table of the most educated states in Nigeria.
The state is showing neither consistency nor improvement in the last three years as it slid from 31st in the rankings to its present 35th.
Three years ago, the ‘Home of Agricultural Products’ placed 33rd in the rankings. It’s a shame it is now the 2nd least educated state in Nigeria.
The ‘Pride of the Sahel’ could claim terrorism ravaging the state is responsible for its last-place finish in the last three years.
Whatever the situation, this consistency in the last three years as the least educated state in Nigeria should be a wake-up call for authorities in the state.
Nigeria is comprised of 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory. The West African country is made up of over 200 million people dispersed in six distinct geographic areas. There are over 250 tribes in Nigeria, each with its own unique language.
In September 2022, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) revealed Nigeria as the country with the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. As a result, the country became aware of the prevalence of illiteracy developing across its quarters. Schools throughout the country were in a state of disarray, while insecurity, nepotism and a lack of infrastructure were commonplace in Nigeria.
In this article, we assessed the Top 5 Most Educated States in Nigeria.