Children out of school, male (% of male primary school age) - Country Ranking

Definition: Children out of school are the percentage of primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in primary or secondary school. Children in the official primary age group that are in preprimary education should be considered out of school.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Somalia 81.29 1980
2 Dem. Rep. Congo 63.76 1999
3 Liberia 60.89 2014
4 Afghanistan 58.40 1993
5 Eritrea 57.26 2013
6 Sudan 46.53 2012
7 Haiti 42.22 1997
8 Equatorial Guinea 42.09 2012
9 The Gambia 33.77 2014
10 Niger 33.56 2014
11 Mali 33.01 2014
12 Djibouti 30.73 2014
13 Burkina Faso 30.29 2014
14 Senegal 30.15 2014
15 Guinea-Bissau 29.09 2010
16 Nigeria 28.88 2010
17 Mauritania 26.62 2014
18 Madagascar 22.69 2003
19 Pakistan 21.43 2014
20 Swaziland 21.20 2013
21 Lesotho 21.00 2014
22 Central African Republic 20.58 2012
23 Côte d'Ivoire 20.41 2014
24 St. Kitts and Nevis 20.25 2014
25 Guinea 19.65 2014
26 Tanzania 18.52 2013
27 Solomon Islands 17.89 2007
28 South Africa 17.02 2005
29 Puerto Rico 16.72 2013
30 Kenya 15.56 2012
31 Dominican Republic 13.77 2014
32 Guyana 13.50 2012
33 Antigua and Barbuda 13.08 2014
34 Syrian Arab Republic 12.70 2014
35 Comoros 12.50 2013
36 Bhutan 12.26 2014
37 Jordan 12.03 2012
38 Zambia 11.94 2013
39 Zimbabwe 11.75 2012
40 Bolivia 11.55 2013
41 Macao SAR, China 11.29 1992
42 Armenia 11.21 2007
43 Macedonia 11.03 2012
44 Congo 11.02 2012
45 Guatemala 10.94 2014
46 Ghana 10.85 2014
47 Namibia 10.84 2013
48 Ethiopia 10.68 2014
49 Paraguay 10.66 2012
50 Mozambique 10.34 2014
51 Papua New Guinea 9.55 2012
52 Malawi 9.55 2007
53 Moldova 9.45 2013
54 Barbados 9.45 2014
55 China 9.28 1997
56 Botswana 9.28 2013
57 Suriname 8.98 2014
58 Gabon 8.63 1997
59 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 8.49 2014
60 India 8.22 2013
61 Romania 8.20 2012
62 Lebanon 8.09 2013
63 Yemen 7.87 2013
64 Uganda 7.66 2013
65 Chile 7.45 2013
66 Bangladesh 7.40 2010
67 Jamaica 7.30 2004
68 Cuba 7.18 2014
69 Venezuela 7.17 2014
70 Indonesia 7.17 2013
71 United States 7.08 2013
72 San Marino 6.80 2012
73 The Bahamas 6.48 2009
74 Turkey 6.26 2013
75 Montenegro 6.04 2012
76 Belarus 6.02 2014
77 Austria 5.97 1989
78 Seychelles 5.87 2014
79 Luxembourg 5.64 2013
80 Honduras 5.39 2014
81 Tuvalu 5.39 2014
82 Chad 5.29 2013
83 Burundi 5.26 2014
84 Tonga 5.18 2013
85 Rwanda 5.16 2013
86 Philippines 5.14 2013
87 Peru 5.08 2014
88 Angola 5.07 2011
89 Brunei 4.97 1994
90 Nepal 4.68 2014
91 St. Lucia 4.57 2007
92 Ukraine 4.49 2014
93 Ecuador 4.48 2014
94 Mauritius 4.47 2014
95 El Salvador 4.42 2013
96 Dominica 4.39 2009
97 Cambodia 4.26 2014
98 São Tomé and Principe 4.23 2014
99 Fiji 4.19 2013
100 Lao PDR 4.11 2014
101 United Arab Emirates 3.99 2014
102 Uzbekistan 3.99 2011
103 Hungary 3.92 2013
104 Azerbaijan 3.91 2014
105 Bulgaria 3.89 2014
106 Mongolia 3.76 2014
107 Togo 3.75 2014
108 Georgia 3.72 2007
109 Timor-Leste 3.69 2014
110 Costa Rica 3.64 2014
111 Cyprus 3.48 2014
112 Albania 3.48 2013
113 Samoa 3.39 2014
114 Korea 3.31 2014
115 Colombia 3.10 2009
116 Russia 3.08 2013
117 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 3.07 2009
118 Kuwait 3.05 2013
119 Panama 3.05 2013
120 Slovenia 3.04 2013
121 Thailand 3.04 2009
122 Israel 3.01 2013
123 Mexico 2.97 2013
124 Poland 2.96 2013
125 Libya 2.90 1978
126 Nicaragua 2.83 2010
127 Australia 2.73 2013
128 Oman 2.70 2014
129 Croatia 2.68 2012
130 Tajikistan 2.61 2014
131 Belize 2.41 2014
132 Greece 2.40 2013
133 Iraq 2.28 2007
134 Vanuatu 2.10 2004
135 Saudi Arabia 2.06 2014
136 Latvia 1.97 2013
137 Cabo Verde 1.92 2014
138 New Zealand 1.83 2013
139 Sri Lanka 1.79 2014
140 Algeria 1.79 2008
141 Myanmar 1.76 2014
142 Serbia 1.68 2014
143 Denmark 1.66 2013
144 Grenada 1.63 2013
145 Kyrgyz Republic 1.58 2014
146 Iceland 1.50 2012
147 Kiribati 1.50 1989
148 Switzerland 1.14 2012
149 Ireland 1.11 2013
150 Portugal 1.07 2013
151 Tunisia 1.03 2009
152 Netherlands 1.03 2013
153 Qatar 0.97 2011
154 Belgium 0.97 2013
155 Morocco 0.97 2014
156 Malta 0.96 2014
157 France 0.94 2013
158 Trinidad and Tobago 0.94 2010
159 Iran 0.78 2007
160 Spain 0.70 2013
161 Bahrain 0.64 1999
162 Finland 0.62 2013
163 Kazakhstan 0.61 2014
164 Egypt 0.53 2012
165 Cameroon 0.46 2014
166 Lithuania 0.39 2013
167 Sweden 0.39 2013
168 Hong Kong SAR, China 0.39 2014
169 Estonia 0.33 2013
170 Italy 0.31 2013
171 Canada 0.28 1999
172 Uruguay 0.26 2009
173 Argentina 0.16 2012
174 Benin 0.14 2011
175 United Kingdom 0.13 2012
176 Norway 0.09 2013
177 Japan 0.05 2013
178 Sierra Leone 0.03 2012

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Limitations and Exceptions: The administrative data used in the calculation of the rate of out-of-school children are based on enrolment at a specific date which can bias the results by either counting enrolled children who never attend school or by omitting those who enroll after the reference date for reporting enrolment data. Furthermore, children who drop out of school after the reference date are not counted as out of school. Discrepancies between enrolment and population data from different sources can also result in over- or underestimates of the rate. Lastly, the international comparability of this indicator can be affected by the use of different concepts of enrolment and out-of-school children across countries.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The rate of out-of-school children allows to compare across countries with different population sizes. It shows the share of official primary-school-age children who never attended school or dropped out to the population of official primary school age. Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011. Population data are drawn from the United Nations Population Division. Using a single source for population data standardizes definitions, estimations, and interpolation methods, ensuring a consistent methodology across countries and minimizing potential enumeration problems in national censuses. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Relevance to gender indicator: It has been well known that more girls are out of school than boys which has been shown to be nefarious to a country’s social and economic health.