Children out of school (% of 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 85.00 1980
2 Afghanistan 71.35 1993
3 Dem. Rep. Congo 64.63 1999
4 Liberia 61.87 2014
5 Eritrea 59.35 2013
6 Sudan 45.25 2012
7 Haiti 42.66 1997
8 Equatorial Guinea 42.11 2012
9 Niger 38.24 2014
10 Mali 36.43 2014
11 Djibouti 35.36 2014
12 Nigeria 34.33 2010
13 Burkina Faso 32.05 2014
14 The Gambia 30.96 2014
15 Guinea-Bissau 30.77 2010
16 Central African Republic 29.16 2012
17 Senegal 27.16 2014
18 Pakistan 27.02 2014
19 Mauritania 24.92 2014
20 Côte d'Ivoire 24.79 2014
21 Guinea 23.67 2014
22 Madagascar 22.57 2003
23 Swaziland 21.44 2013
24 Lesotho 19.27 2014
25 Solomon Islands 19.26 2007
26 St. Kitts and Nevis 18.87 2014
27 Tanzania 18.08 2013
28 Angola 15.99 2011
29 Chad 15.52 2013
30 Guyana 14.97 2012
31 Puerto Rico 14.78 2013
32 Comoros 14.73 2013
33 Yemen 14.67 2013
34 Dominican Republic 14.20 2014
35 Antigua and Barbuda 14.17 2014
36 Kenya 13.79 2012
37 Ethiopia 13.51 2014
38 Syrian Arab Republic 13.47 2014
39 Papua New Guinea 12.84 2012
40 Jordan 12.48 2012
41 Mozambique 12.44 2014
42 Bolivia 12.27 2013
43 South Africa 11.95 2005
44 Macao SAR, China 11.81 1992
45 Macedonia 11.71 2012
46 Lebanon 11.11 2013
47 Guatemala 11.04 2014
48 Bhutan 11.02 2014
49 Zambia 10.96 2013
50 Zimbabwe 10.89 2012
51 Paraguay 10.80 2012
52 Ghana 10.69 2014
53 China 9.81 1997
54 Moldova 9.42 2013
55 Namibia 9.34 2013
56 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 8.80 2014
57 Gabon 8.77 1997
58 Botswana 8.64 2013
59 Suriname 8.60 2014
60 Romania 8.53 2012
61 Barbados 8.51 2014
62 Iraq 7.69 2007
63 Chile 7.49 2013
64 United States 7.22 2013
65 Congo 7.15 2012
66 Armenia 7.05 2007
67 Venezuela 7.02 2014
68 Togo 6.97 2014
69 San Marino 6.94 2012
70 Cuba 6.84 2014
71 Turkey 6.82 2013
72 Jamaica 6.78 2004
73 Indonesia 6.71 2013
74 Uganda 6.20 2013
75 Belarus 5.94 2014
76 St. Lucia 5.88 2007
77 Montenegro 5.76 2012
78 Austria 5.55 1989
79 Bangladesh 5.48 2010
80 Myanmar 5.47 2014
81 Nepal 5.34 2014
82 Seychelles 5.31 2014
83 Cameroon 5.30 2014
84 Cambodia 5.29 2014
85 Honduras 5.12 2014
86 Uzbekistan 5.03 2011
87 India 5.02 2013
88 Lao PDR 4.88 2014
89 Luxembourg 4.79 2013
90 Peru 4.69 2014
91 Azerbaijan 4.68 2014
92 São Tomé and Principe 4.48 2014
93 Mongolia 4.38 2014
94 Burundi 4.32 2014
95 El Salvador 4.23 2013
96 Benin 4.13 2014
97 Albania 4.08 2014
98 Hungary 3.93 2013
99 Tuvalu 3.92 2014
100 Tonga 3.91 2013
101 Rwanda 3.88 2013
102 United Arab Emirates 3.80 2014
103 Thailand 3.66 2009
104 Bulgaria 3.64 2014
105 Costa Rica 3.64 2014
106 Korea 3.59 2014
107 Saudi Arabia 3.52 2014
108 Ukraine 3.48 2014
109 Belize 3.47 2014
110 Ecuador 3.46 2014
111 Panama 3.46 2013
112 Mauritius 3.45 2014
113 Malta 3.41 2014
114 Malaysia 3.30 2003
115 Philippines 3.25 2013
116 Colombia 3.15 2009
117 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 3.03 2009
118 Fiji 2.96 2013
119 Poland 2.90 2013
120 Cyprus 2.86 2014
121 Greece 2.83 2013
122 Qatar 2.83 2011
123 Dominica 2.82 2009
124 Tajikistan 2.78 2014
125 Israel 2.75 2013
126 Oman 2.70 2014
127 Samoa 2.67 2014
128 Sri Lanka 2.67 2014
129 Australia 2.55 2013
130 Mexico 2.51 2013
131 Slovenia 2.51 2013
132 Russia 2.49 2013
133 Kiribati 2.36 2014
134 The Bahamas 2.19 2010
135 Timor-Leste 2.15 2014
136 Kyrgyz Republic 2.02 2014
137 Libya 1.94 1983
138 Malawi 1.94 2009
139 Kuwait 1.91 2013
140 Vietnam 1.89 2013
141 Cabo Verde 1.76 2014
142 New Zealand 1.65 2013
143 Grenada 1.60 2013
144 Croatia 1.59 2012
145 Nicaragua 1.59 2010
146 Latvia 1.53 2013
147 Liechtenstein 1.52 2012
148 Serbia 1.41 2014
149 Denmark 1.33 2013
150 Iceland 1.31 2012
151 Trinidad and Tobago 1.27 2010
152 Algeria 1.25 2011
153 Brunei 1.20 1995
154 Morocco 1.08 2014
155 Portugal 1.04 2013
156 Netherlands 0.94 2013
157 Vanuatu 0.85 2005
158 Belgium 0.79 2013
159 Switzerland 0.77 2012
160 Ireland 0.76 2013
161 Palau 0.69 2014
162 Sierra Leone 0.68 2012
163 France 0.66 2013
164 Iran 0.66 2014
165 Hong Kong SAR, China 0.66 2014
166 Georgia 0.64 2011
167 Italy 0.54 2013
168 Canada 0.52 2012
169 Kazakhstan 0.51 2014
170 Spain 0.49 2013
171 Estonia 0.45 2013
172 Bahrain 0.42 1999
173 Finland 0.41 2013
174 Tunisia 0.39 2013
175 Sweden 0.32 2013
176 Lithuania 0.27 2013
177 United Kingdom 0.17 2013
178 Uruguay 0.16 2010
179 Germany 0.15 2013
180 Argentina 0.15 2013
181 Norway 0.14 2013
182 Egypt 0.11 2013
183 Japan 0.05 2013

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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.