Primary completion rate, total (% of relevant age group) - Country Ranking

Definition: Primary completion rate, or gross intake ratio to the last grade of primary education, is the number of new entrants (enrollments minus repeaters) in the last grade of primary education, regardless of age, divided by the population at the entrance age for the last grade of primary education. Data limitations preclude adjusting for students who drop out during the final year of primary education.

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 Georgia 120.68 2015
2 Nauru 112.44 2014
3 Kiribati 112.36 2014
4 Kyrgyz Republic 112.01 2015
5 Dominica 111.11 2015
6 Tonga 110.94 2013
7 Ukraine 110.45 2014
8 Nepal 110.15 2016
9 United Arab Emirates 109.19 2015
10 Kazakhstan 109.18 2016
11 Ecuador 108.84 2016
12 Seychelles 108.75 2015
13 Israel 108.73 2015
14 Saudi Arabia 107.94 2015
15 St. Lucia 107.60 2007
16 Albania 106.37 2015
17 Fiji 106.37 2015
18 Timor-Leste 106.11 2015
19 Algeria 105.80 2015
20 Liechtenstein 105.75 2015
21 Oman 105.23 2015
22 Kenya 105.19 2015
23 Mexico 104.71 2014
24 Belize 104.40 2015
25 Vietnam 104.13 2015
26 Egypt 103.82 2013
27 Sweden 103.76 2015
28 New Zealand 103.65 1979
29 Samoa 103.48 2015
30 Azerbaijan 103.28 2015
31 Uruguay 103.28 2014
32 Latvia 103.20 2015
33 Brunei 103.18 2015
34 Kuwait 103.05 2013
35 Morocco 102.94 2015
36 Germany 102.58 2015
37 Lithuania 102.18 2015
38 Cabo Verde 102.16 2015
39 Japan 102.06 2012
40 Indonesia 102.00 2015
41 Argentina 101.81 2014
42 Iran 101.77 2015
43 Korea 101.58 2015
44 Estonia 101.50 2015
45 Austria 101.23 2015
46 Netherlands 101.20 2002
47 Malaysia 101.18 2015
48 Russia 101.14 2015
49 Ghana 101.10 2015
50 Mauritius 101.08 2015
51 Serbia 101.01 2015
52 Philippines 100.97 2013
53 Brazil 100.68 2004
54 Colombia 100.47 2015
55 El Salvador 100.44 2015
56 Italy 100.27 2015
57 Lao PDR 100.21 2015
58 Finland 100.17 2015
59 Croatia 100.16 2015
60 Tunisia 99.72 2014
61 Panama 99.67 2014
62 Botswana 99.66 2013
63 Costa Rica 99.47 2015
64 Peru 99.45 2015
65 Malta 99.29 2015
66 Spain 99.24 2015
67 Bhutan 99.23 2016
68 Slovenia 99.16 2014
69 Armenia 99.07 2015
70 Uzbekistan 98.95 2016
71 Denmark 98.80 2015
72 Sri Lanka 98.71 2015
73 Bahrain 98.71 2015
74 Bangladesh 98.45 2015
75 Mongolia 98.28 2015
76 Norway 98.24 2015
77 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 98.15 2015
78 Bulgaria 98.12 2015
79 Poland 97.91 2014
80 Tuvalu 97.79 2015
81 India 97.55 2014
82 Belarus 97.44 2015
83 France 97.44 2000
84 Slovak Republic 97.44 2015
85 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 97.43 2009
86 Iceland 97.29 2012
87 Hungary 96.86 2015
88 Cyprus 96.82 2015
89 Ireland 96.58 1995
90 Canada 96.53 2006
91 Czech Republic 96.31 2015
92 Cuba 95.95 2015
93 Greece 95.93 2014
94 South Africa 95.81 2004
95 Tajikistan 95.78 2016
96 Switzerland 95.59 2015
97 Barbados 95.55 2014
98 San Marino 95.32 2012
99 Venezuela 95.23 2015
100 Cambodia 95.17 2015
101 Chile 95.02 2015
102 Trinidad and Tobago 94.89 2010
103 Suriname 94.57 2015
104 Libya 94.42 1983
105 Dominican Republic 94.22 2015
106 Vanuatu 93.77 2013
107 Thailand 93.26 2015
108 The Bahamas 93.10 2010
109 Montenegro 92.58 2015
110 Honduras 92.47 2015
111 China 92.47 2015
112 Romania 92.45 2015
113 Qatar 91.98 2015
114 Turkey 91.79 2015
115 Jordan 91.00 2014
116 Moldova 90.91 2015
117 Macao SAR, China 90.81 2015
118 Bolivia 90.46 2015
119 Zimbabwe 90.25 2013
120 Macedonia 89.69 2015
121 Grenada 89.44 2014
122 Paraguay 89.09 2012
123 Belgium 88.89 2015
124 Solomon Islands 88.60 2015
125 Jamaica 87.40 2004
126 Namibia 86.50 2013
127 Nicaragua 85.37 2010
128 St. Kitts and Nevis 85.21 2015
129 Myanmar 85.07 2014
130 Antigua and Barbuda 84.84 2015
131 Guatemala 84.71 2015
132 Togo 84.27 2015
133 Guyana 84.07 2012
134 São Tomé and Principe 82.90 2016
135 Zambia 81.01 2013
136 Palau 80.33 2016
137 Malawi 79.34 2014
138 Luxembourg 79.33 2014
139 Swaziland 79.01 2013
140 Papua New Guinea 78.61 2012
141 Benin 77.96 2015
142 Lesotho 76.78 2015
143 Comoros 76.45 2014
144 Congo 74.25 2012
145 Cameroon 73.89 2015
146 Tanzania 73.67 2013
147 Nigeria 73.30 2010
148 Lebanon 71.92 2015
149 Gabon 71.90 2003
150 Pakistan 71.86 2015
151 The Gambia 70.54 2016
152 Madagascar 69.34 2015
153 Yemen 69.17 2013
154 Niger 68.99 2015
155 Syrian Arab Republic 68.92 2013
156 Mauritania 68.34 2015
157 Dem. Rep. Congo 66.77 2013
158 Iraq 66.66 2007
159 Portugal 66.45 1976
160 Sierra Leone 65.97 2015
161 Djibouti 64.33 2016
162 Côte d'Ivoire 63.03 2015
163 Guinea-Bissau 62.17 2010
164 Guinea 61.76 2014
165 Burundi 61.73 2015
166 Burkina Faso 61.65 2015
167 Rwanda 60.78 2015
168 Liberia 58.83 2014
169 Senegal 57.20 2015
170 Sudan 56.81 2013
171 Ethiopia 54.40 2015
172 Uganda 53.05 2015
173 Mali 50.91 2015
174 Equatorial Guinea 50.43 2015
175 Angola 49.73 2011
176 Haiti 48.17 1997
177 Mozambique 47.89 2015
178 Central African Republic 44.42 2012
179 Eritrea 39.14 2015
180 Chad 38.06 2013
181 Afghanistan 29.55 1993

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Development Relevance: The World Bank and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics jointly developed the primary completion rate indicator. Increasingly used as a core indicator of an education system's performance, it reflects an education system's coverage and the educational attainment of students.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data limitations preclude adjusting for students who drop out during the final year of primary education. Thus this rate is a proxy that should be taken as an upper estimate of the actual primary completion rate. There are many reasons why the primary completion rate can exceed 100 percent. The numerator may include late entrants and overage children who have repeated one or more grades of primary education as well as children who entered school early, while the denominator is the number of children at the entrance age for the last grade of primary education.

Other Notes: Each economy is classified based on the classification of World Bank Group's fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Primary completion rate is calculated by dividing the number of new entrants (enrollment minus repeaters) in the last grade of primary education, regardless of age, by the population at the entrance age for the last grade of primary education and multiplying by 100. 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