Adolescents out of school (% of lower secondary school age) - Country Ranking

Definition: Adolescents out of school are the percentage of lower secondary school age adolescents who are not enrolled in school.

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

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 Somalia 79.36 1980
2 Niger 70.35 2014
3 Chad 66.66 2003
4 Eritrea 61.72 2013
5 Senegal 57.47 2006
6 Djibouti 57.27 2008
7 Dem. Rep. Congo 55.77 1994
8 Central African Republic 55.40 2012
9 Guinea-Bissau 53.49 2000
10 Guinea 51.90 2014
11 Pakistan 47.57 2014
12 Burkina Faso 46.93 2013
13 Mali 46.57 2014
14 Mozambique 44.34 2014
15 Myanmar 44.11 2014
16 Mauritania 42.44 2013
17 Ethiopia 40.13 2012
18 Togo 39.47 2007
19 Madagascar 38.45 2003
20 Cameroon 37.45 2014
21 Yemen 37.41 2012
22 Sudan 36.94 2012
23 Benin 36.52 2013
24 Suriname 35.13 2014
25 Afghanistan 34.50 2014
26 Sierra Leone 34.07 2013
27 Syrian Arab Republic 33.99 2014
28 Burundi 30.64 2014
29 Tunisia 30.54 1985
30 Equatorial Guinea 30.06 2001
31 Solomon Islands 29.87 2007
32 Iraq 28.52 2007
33 Comoros 27.50 2013
34 Honduras 27.33 2014
35 Guatemala 26.54 2014
36 Lebanon 23.77 2012
37 Lesotho 22.94 2014
38 Liberia 22.74 2014
39 Bangladesh 22.66 2010
40 Uruguay 22.51 2010
41 The Gambia 22.25 2010
42 Algeria 21.32 1997
43 Uganda 21.04 2010
44 Lao PDR 20.88 2014
45 Malawi 20.49 2014
46 Cambodia 17.47 2014
47 Jamaica 17.31 2014
48 Angola 17.20 2010
49 Congo 17.04 1976
50 Bhutan 16.21 2014
51 India 15.89 2013
52 Kiribati 15.82 1986
53 Morocco 15.31 2012
54 Puerto Rico 14.85 2013
55 Russia 14.68 2008
56 Moldova 14.34 2013
57 St. Lucia 14.15 2013
58 Indonesia 14.03 2013
59 Mexico 13.93 2012
60 Macao SAR, China 13.82 2014
61 Tuvalu 13.48 2014
62 Azerbaijan 12.60 2014
63 Vietnam 12.59 2002
64 São Tomé and Principe 12.56 2010
65 Malta 12.54 2014
66 Vanuatu 12.32 2004
67 Zimbabwe 12.14 2012
68 Tonga 11.95 2013
69 Swaziland 11.83 2013
70 Nicaragua 11.82 2010
71 Trinidad and Tobago 11.73 2004
72 Namibia 11.67 2013
73 South Africa 11.52 2005
74 Guyana 11.40 2011
75 Libya 11.29 1983
76 Botswana 11.28 2013
77 Panama 11.26 2012
78 Ghana 11.06 2014
79 Dominica 10.51 2011
80 Jordan 9.64 2011
81 Timor-Leste 9.62 2014
82 St. Kitts and Nevis 9.41 2014
83 Malaysia 9.34 2013
84 The Bahamas 9.32 2010
85 Grenada 9.29 2013
86 Paraguay 9.20 2012
87 Cabo Verde 8.95 2014
88 Belize 8.94 2013
89 Peru 8.43 2014
90 Kyrgyz Republic 8.32 2014
91 Venezuela 8.00 2014
92 Qatar 7.22 2011
93 Mauritius 7.10 2004
94 Saudi Arabia 7.03 2013
95 United Arab Emirates 7.02 1999
96 Kuwait 7.02 2012
97 Armenia 6.75 2007
98 Romania 6.22 2012
99 Costa Rica 6.05 2014
100 Tajikistan 5.61 2011
101 Liechtenstein 5.53 2012
102 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5.51 2010
103 Luxembourg 5.30 2013
104 Sri Lanka 5.06 2013
105 Dominican Republic 4.92 2014
106 Poland 4.68 2013
107 Samoa 4.51 2014
108 Philippines 4.43 2013
109 Albania 4.34 2014
110 Hong Kong SAR, China 4.11 2014
111 Fiji 3.98 2012
112 Antigua and Barbuda 3.67 2014
113 Oman 3.61 2013
114 Thailand 3.57 2009
115 Macedonia 3.54 2005
116 Switzerland 3.49 2012
117 Bolivia 3.35 2013
118 Seychelles 3.08 2002
119 Chile 3.04 2013
120 Denmark 2.75 2013
121 Austria 2.48 1976
122 Iceland 2.40 2012
123 Brunei 2.31 2014
124 Bulgaria 2.18 2014
125 Slovenia 2.11 2013
126 United Kingdom 1.98 2013
127 Finland 1.95 2013
128 Turkey 1.93 2013
129 Uzbekistan 1.90 2011
130 Bahrain 1.59 2006
131 Iran 1.59 2014
132 Egypt 1.58 2011
133 Cuba 1.37 2013
134 New Zealand 1.36 2013
135 Hungary 1.28 2013
136 Barbados 1.27 2014
137 Croatia 1.25 2012
138 Serbia 1.20 2014
139 Norway 1.07 2013
140 Georgia 0.99 2014
141 Colombia 0.93 2009
142 Portugal 0.93 2013
143 Greece 0.90 2013
144 El Salvador 0.89 2013
145 United States 0.86 2012
146 Estonia 0.85 2013
147 Australia 0.76 2013
148 Lithuania 0.73 2013
149 Kenya 0.72 2006
150 Canada 0.61 1994
151 Ecuador 0.59 2013
152 Korea 0.57 2014
153 Ireland 0.52 2009
154 Italy 0.46 2013
155 Mongolia 0.44 2014
156 Ukraine 0.44 2014
157 Latvia 0.42 2013
158 Kazakhstan 0.31 2013
159 Cyprus 0.30 2014
160 Israel 0.22 2013
161 Belgium 0.19 2013
162 Netherlands 0.17 2013
163 Spain 0.11 2013
164 France 0.11 2013
165 Belarus 0.10 2014
166 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 0.06 2009
167 Japan 0.05 2013
168 Sweden 0.00 2013
169 Argentina 0.00 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 adolescents allows to compare across countries with different population sizes. It shows the share of official lower secondary age adolescents who never attended school or dropped out to the population of official lower secondary 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