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

Expenditure on secondary education (% of government expenditure on education) in Colombia was 38.06 as of 2018. Its highest value over the past 39 years was 40.23 in 2008, while its lowest value was 25.95 in 2007.

Definition: Expenditure on secondary 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 28.11
1980 28.01
1981 26.85
1984 30.01
1985 31.23
1989 28.60
1998 32.99
1999 33.26
2000 33.07
2001 33.03
2004 35.70
2005 36.13
2007 25.95
2008 40.23
2009 35.01
2010 34.82
2011 36.26
2012 35.70
2013 35.11
2014 37.50
2015 35.41
2016 34.69
2017 37.24
2018 38.06

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 secondary education to total government expenditure on education is calculated by dividing government expenditure on secondary 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