Despite significant gains in educational attainment, Africa’s students are not acquiring the foundational skills they need to succeed in the modern workforce, according to the new World Bank report, “The Skills Balancing Act in Sub-Saharan Africa: Investing in Skills for Productivity, Inclusivity, and Adaptability.”

As featured in the report, Figure 1 shows that far more Africans are completing primary, secondary, and tertiary school now than in 1950, but there still remains a large number who have not attended school. Furthermore, says the report, Africa has not yet achieved the global “ideal” structure of educational attainment, which occurs when the majority of a population has completed secondary school and attained foundational skills for the workforce. Instead, the large numbers of Africans who have completed only primary

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