Colombia - Expenditure on primary education (% of government expenditure on education)

Expenditure on primary education (% of government expenditure on education) in Colombia was 32.71 as of 2018. Its highest value over the past 39 years was 48.32 in 2004, while its lowest value was 32.71 in 2018.

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: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (

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Year Value
1979 44.79
1980 45.03
1981 45.56
1984 40.69
1985 39.75
1989 34.66
1998 44.94
1999 45.16
2000 44.56
2001 44.57
2004 48.32
2005 47.44
2007 36.63
2008 37.30
2009 38.41
2010 35.92
2011 35.58
2012 34.96
2013 34.42
2014 35.60
2015 36.72
2016 35.98
2017 35.01
2018 32.71

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.

Other Notes: Data retrieved via API in March 2019. For detailed information on the observation level (e.g. National Estimation, UIS Estimation, or Category not applicable), please visit UIS.Stat (

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


Topic: Education Indicators

Sub-Topic: Inputs