World Bank first “human capital index” slams Egypt’s education system; country ranks 104 out of 157
** #7 World Bank’s new “human capital index” sees Egypt’s productivity levels dropping; country ranks 104 out of 157: Egypt ranked 104 out of 157 on the World Bank’s newly-launched Human Capital Index (HCI). The index takes into consideration factors such as probability of survival to age 5, adult survival rates and expected and learning-adjusted years of school to measure the next generation’s level of productivity “compared to a benchmark of complete education and full health.” Egypt’s HCI score in 2017 was lower than the regional average but marginally higher than its income group. Research also found that even though children complete on average a total 11.1 years of schooling, the quality of local education reduces that time to around 6.3 actual years, when compared against the global benchmark.
Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Finland are the HCI’s top five performers, respectively, while Liberia, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, and Chad made up the bottom five. You can read the full report here (pdf) or check out the detailed brief on Egypt directly here (pdf).