A new survey has revealed that Kenyan adults are the second best in English language proficiency in Africa after South Africans. Nigerians hold position three.

According to the EF English Proficiency Index’s (EF EPI) latest survey, the East African country holds the 18th position globally while South Africa is 6th.

However, in matters cities only, Nairobi was ranked the very best in Africa (61.94%) followed by Lagos (58.47%).

Overall, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Singapore made top 5 in that order.

According to the Swiss company, Netherlands has a score of 70.27% against Kenya’s 60.51%.

The other African countries that appeared in the top 100 list included Nigeria (29), Ethiopia (63), Tunisia (65), Egypt (77), Cameroon (83), Sudan (87), Algeria (90), Ivory Coast (96) and Libya (100).

The results were analysed from 100 participating countries in which a total of 2.3 million adults took the EP EP1 test in 2018-2019.

It was also revealed that adults aged between 26-30 years were more proficient in the language.

“This report investigates how and where English proficiency is developing around the world. To create the ninth edition of the EF English Proficiency Index, we have analysed the results of 2.3 million adults who took our English tests in 2018,” reads the report in part.

 

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