Expenditure on primary education (% of government expenditure on education) - Country Ranking

Definition: Expenditure on primary education is expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on education. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.

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 Timor-Leste 72.76 2011
2 Guinea-Bissau 64.42 2013
3 Lao PDR 62.53 2005
4 Dem. Rep. Congo 61.59 2013
5 Burkina Faso 59.79 2013
6 Zambia 59.76 2005
7 Togo 58.95 2014
8 Dominican Republic 58.68 2007
9 Albania 56.94 2013
10 Comoros 56.61 2012
11 São Tomé and Principe 55.82 2014
12 Philippines 54.98 2009
13 Kenya 54.11 2006
14 Central African Republic 53.26 2010
15 Guatemala 52.71 2013
16 Uganda 52.66 2013
17 Niger 52.19 2014
18 The Gambia 51.81 2013
19 Zimbabwe 51.58 2010
20 Nepal 50.57 2014
21 Malawi 49.48 2014
22 St. Kitts and Nevis 49.29 1998
23 Mozambique 49.25 2013
24 Tanzania 49.15 2014
25 Benin 48.94 2014
26 Honduras 48.90 2013
27 Swaziland 48.67 2011
28 Madagascar 47.35 2012
29 Dominica 47.25 1998
30 Vanuatu 47.10 2014
31 Cayman Islands 45.97 2006
32 Samoa 45.79 2002
33 Costa Rica 45.46 2004
34 Burundi 45.43 2013
35 Serbia 45.26 2011
36 Palau 44.86 2001
37 Thailand 44.78 2012
38 Bangladesh 44.73 2009
39 Tonga 44.44 2004
40 Mauritania 43.21 2013
41 Mali 43.19 2014
42 Sierra Leone 43.09 2014
43 El Salvador 42.67 2010
44 Israel 42.62 2011
45 Indonesia 42.46 2013
46 Cambodia 41.82 2010
47 Jordan 41.67 1999
48 Antigua and Barbuda 41.61 2009
49 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 41.38 2010
50 Chad 40.67 2011
51 Guinea 40.14 2013
52 Belize 40.04 2013
53 Namibia 40.01 2010
54 Nicaragua 39.81 2010
55 Senegal 39.65 2010
56 Trinidad and Tobago 39.18 2003
57 Côte d'Ivoire 39.10 2014
58 Syrian Arab Republic 38.87 2009
59 South Africa 38.80 2014
60 Liechtenstein 38.62 2011
61 Fiji 38.60 2013
62 Peru 38.47 2014
63 Cabo Verde 38.40 2013
64 Gabon 38.27 1998
65 Paraguay 38.25 2012
66 Morocco 37.73 2009
67 Ireland 36.90 2012
68 Barbados 36.86 2008
69 Jamaica 36.42 2014
70 Grenada 36.38 2003
71 Lesotho 35.99 2008
72 Colombia 35.60 2014
73 St. Lucia 35.54 2014
74 Mexico 35.50 2011
75 Pakistan 35.14 2014
76 Equatorial Guinea 34.93 1998
77 Georgia 34.34 2012
78 Kiribati 34.33 2001
79 Australia 34.14 2012
80 Djibouti 34.09 2010
81 Cameroon 33.88 2013
82 Iceland 33.67 2011
83 Japan 33.40 2013
84 San Marino 33.32 2011
85 Oman 32.95 2009
86 Mongolia 32.74 2011
87 China 32.60 1999
88 Bolivia 32.35 2014
89 Bhutan 31.97 2014
90 United States 31.59 2011
91 Venezuela 31.55 2009
92 Angola 31.43 2006
93 Cyprus 31.32 2011
94 Congo 31.00 2010
95 Liberia 30.72 2012
96 Poland 30.71 2011
97 Guyana 30.56 2012
98 Malaysia 30.30 2013
99 Vietnam 30.18 2012
100 Rwanda 30.11 2013
101 Argentina 30.03 2013
102 Korea 30.03 2012
103 United Kingdom 29.79 2013
104 Switzerland 29.33 2012
105 Chile 29.21 2013
106 Cuba 29.04 2010
107 Brazil 28.89 2012
108 Brunei 28.54 2010
109 Latvia 28.19 2012
110 Uruguay 27.88 2011
111 Slovenia 27.78 2012
112 Portugal 27.68 2011
113 Tunisia 27.66 2008
114 India 27.21 2012
115 Estonia 27.01 2012
116 Iran 26.76 2014
117 New Zealand 26.05 2012
118 Spain 25.95 2012
119 Ecuador 25.42 2012
120 Ghana 25.08 2013
121 Macao SAR, China 24.80 2003
122 Italy 24.73 2011
123 Ethiopia 24.05 2013
124 Seychelles 23.96 2011
125 Sri Lanka 23.90 2012
126 Netherlands 23.77 2012
127 Panama 23.47 2011
128 Belgium 23.34 2011
129 Eritrea 23.07 2004
130 Malta 22.73 2012
131 Moldova 22.70 2014
132 Mauritius 22.68 2014
133 Andorra 22.29 2014
134 Norway 22.03 2012
135 Sweden 21.98 2012
136 Singapore 21.98 2013
137 Puerto Rico 21.64 2013
138 Denmark 21.60 2011
139 France 21.14 2012
140 Kuwait 20.42 2006
141 Armenia 20.11 2013
142 Hong Kong SAR, China 18.85 2014
143 Slovak Republic 18.77 2012
144 Bulgaria 18.63 2012
145 Finland 18.40 2012
146 Botswana 17.82 2009
147 Qatar 17.64 2009
148 Ukraine 17.46 2013
149 Czech Republic 16.78 2012
150 Hungary 16.15 2011
151 Monaco 15.99 2014
152 Romania 15.92 2012
153 Austria 15.63 2012
154 Lithuania 15.24 2011
155 Germany 12.81 2012
156 Kazakhstan 0.86 2014

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Development Relevance: The share of government expenditure for a specific education level allows an assessment of the priority a government assigns to a level of education relative to other levels. Enrolment and the relative costs per student between different levels of education should be also taken into account.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data disaggregated by level of education are estimates in some instances. It is often difficult to separate lower from upper secondary education expenditure, or pre-primary from primary.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The share of expenditure on primary education to total government expenditure on education is calculated by dividing government expenditure on primary education by total government expenditure on education (all levels combined), and multiplying by 100. Aggregate data are based on World Bank estimates. 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. 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: Median

Periodicity: Annual