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2022-06-17 12:40:05

Countries with the weakest education in the world

According to the World Atlas agency, a list of 25 countries of the world that spend the least money on the education system has been compiled. When analyzing, experts relied on the ratio of allocated funds and GDP of the state. This is explained by the fact that, due to the fact that such funding is state-owned, its quantity seems to be an indicator of the quality of education in the country.

The study included not only the amount of expenditure from the state, but also private costs for education programs, and additional services for pupils and students.

Central African Republic

A fairly low percentage of state spending on education is recorded here - only 1.2% of the republic's GDP.

This slowly but surely exacerbates the situation with the level of education in the country: more and more schools are closed, teachers' salaries are declining, and manuals and materials for the educational process are sorely lacking.

Obviously, the current situation urgently needs to be restored in some way.


The situation is even worse in Burma: in recent years, the percentage of public spending on education has not risen above 0.8 of the country's GDP. At the same time, the highest level in education is schools, and even in them a significant part of the cost of obtaining a child's education is gradually shifted to the parents of students. Therefore, the poorest segments of the population cannot afford any education for their children at all.

The ethnic conflict further exacerbates an already difficult situation, as minorities have little or no opportunity to attend school.


Finally, the worst situation is in Guinea. Here, the state budget allocated to the education system occupies less than 0.6% of the country's GDP. At the same time, GDP per capita exceeds the values recorded in other African countries!

Although researchers believe that Guinea's education system is superior in quality to neighboring countries, the very methods of spending the budget cause a lot of criticism. Currently, schools are incredibly crowded, but very poorly equipped with modern equipment. There are not enough textbooks for the effective conduct of school classes, the salaries of teachers are low, but periodically it is also delayed.

By the way, about a quarter of children from 6 to 18 years old do not go to school at all. And the government does not react to the behavior of children, nor to the reaction of their parents to what is happening.

Another disadvantage of the current situation in Guinean schools is the fact that women are seriously harassed in terms of access to secondary education. Such overt sexual discrimination leads to rampant illiteracy among the female population.

In view of the fact that the conditions created in Guinean schools are frankly poor, the number of private educational institutions in the State is growing.

Other states with low spending on education

In addition to these countries, experts have identified a number of states with incredibly low funding of the education system from the budget. This includes states such as:

  • Zambia and OJSC (with 1.3% of education spending relative to the country's GDP),
  • Monaco and Lebanon, where the state allocates no more than 1.6% to finance the educational system
  • The situation is slightly better in Sri Lanka, Eritrea, Liechtenstein, the Dominican Republic, Libya, Iraq and Guinea-Bissau - in these countries the percentage of budget funds reaches 2% and even slightly higher.
  • In other countries, of the studied, 25 percent of spending on education varies from 2.5 to 3. These are Qatar, the Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Peru, Chad, Cambodia and some other states.

Meanwhile, according to other experts, the United Arab Emirates, Monaco and Liechtenstein are knocked out of the general list, since the education system in these countries is quite strong. And the situation with financing is aggravated by a high percentage of the country's GDP per capita. That is, they don't spend too little – they earn too much!

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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