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Nairobians ranked best in spoken, written English in Africa

A new study has ranked Nairobi as the city with the most English proficient speakers on the continent.

According to the study, English Proficiency Index 2019, Nairobians knowledge of spoken and written English is 61.94 per cent, the highest for any African city.

The study, which ranked 100 countries and regions, reported that only two African cities — Nairobi and Lagos — which scored 58.47 are in the high proficiency band.

About 13 African countries participated in the survey.

Internationally, Kenya’s mastery of the Queen’s language skills ranked 18th, the second highest on the continent, after South Africa at position 6 in the world.

Authors of the EPI report also found a relationship between high English proficiency and various indicators of economic competitiveness, including higher income and increased labour productivity.

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