Primary education, pupils (% female) - Country Ranking

Definition: Female pupils as a percentage of total pupils at primary level include enrollments in public and private schools.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Senegal 52.52 2018
2 The Gambia 51.81 2018
3 Congo 51.50 2012
4 India 50.88 2017
5 Sierra Leone 50.85 2018
6 Kiribati 50.81 2017
7 Bangladesh 50.75 2018
8 Mauritania 50.70 2018
9 San Marino 50.53 2018
10 Nepal 50.45 2017
11 Uganda 50.28 2017
12 Zambia 50.25 2017
13 Oman 50.21 2018
14 The Bahamas 50.17 2016
15 Seychelles 50.14 2018
16 Iran 50.13 2017
17 Burundi 50.12 2018
18 Tanzania 50.09 2018
19 Malawi 49.95 2018
20 Madagascar 49.79 2018
21 Mauritius 49.72 2018
22 Rwanda 49.70 2018
23 Kenya 49.67 2016
24 St. Lucia 49.62 2018
25 Monaco 49.57 2019
26 Zimbabwe 49.50 2013
27 Saudi Arabia 49.49 2018
28 Dem. Rep. Congo 49.46 2015
29 Bahrain 49.38 2018
30 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 49.35 2018
31 St. Kitts and Nevis 49.30 2016
32 Bhutan 49.28 2018
33 Ghana 49.28 2018
34 Sri Lanka 49.23 2017
35 Ecuador 49.21 2017
36 Antigua and Barbuda 49.20 2018
37 Guyana 49.19 2012
38 Peru 49.10 2018
39 Equatorial Guinea 49.10 2015
40 Costa Rica 49.06 2018
41 United Arab Emirates 49.05 2017
42 Argentina 49.04 2017
43 Mexico 49.04 2017
44 Kuwait 48.97 2018
45 Kazakhstan 48.97 2018
46 Sweden 48.97 2017
47 Honduras 48.97 2017
48 Togo 48.96 2018
49 Jordan 48.92 2018
50 Turkmenistan 48.91 2014
51 Latvia 48.90 2017
52 Malaysia 48.90 2017
53 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 48.90 2018
54 Ukraine 48.89 2018
55 Qatar 48.88 2018
56 Singapore 48.88 2017
57 Lesotho 48.88 2017
58 Belgium 48.87 2017
59 Botswana 48.86 2015
60 Israel 48.86 2017
61 Liberia 48.86 2017
62 Luxembourg 48.84 2017
63 Mongolia 48.84 2018
64 Lithuania 48.84 2017
65 Gabon 48.83 2011
66 Czech Republic 48.82 2017
67 Malta 48.82 2016
68 Kyrgyz Republic 48.80 2018
69 Croatia 48.80 2016
70 United Kingdom 48.79 2017
71 Ireland 48.79 2017
72 Spain 48.78 2017
73 Finland 48.77 2017
74 United States 48.76 2017
75 Norway 48.76 2017
76 Japan 48.75 2017
77 Canada 48.75 2017
78 Haiti 48.73 1998
79 France 48.73 2017
80 Burkina Faso 48.72 2018
81 Poland 48.71 2017
82 Turkey 48.70 2017
83 Russia 48.69 2017
84 São Tomé and Principe 48.67 2017
85 Australia 48.67 2017
86 Slovak Republic 48.66 2017
87 South Africa 48.65 2017
88 Cyprus 48.65 2015
89 Netherlands 48.62 2017
90 Bolivia 48.61 2017
91 New Zealand 48.60 2017
92 Egypt 48.60 2018
93 Iceland 48.58 2017
94 Hungary 48.58 2017
95 Brunei 48.57 2018
96 Switzerland 48.55 2017
97 Germany 48.55 2017
98 Slovenia 48.55 2017
99 North Macedonia 48.54 2015
100 Bosnia and Herzegovina 48.54 2018
101 Thailand 48.53 2017
102 Greece 48.52 2017
103 Estonia 48.52 2017
104 Belarus 48.52 2018
105 Nauru 48.51 2016
106 Austria 48.51 2017
107 Denmark 48.49 2017
108 Nicaragua 48.47 2010
109 Trinidad and Tobago 48.46 2010
110 Serbia 48.44 2018
111 Dominica 48.41 2016
112 Chile 48.40 2017
113 Panama 48.38 2017
114 Cayman Islands 48.38 2018
115 Korea 48.37 2017
116 Guinea-Bissau 48.34 2010
117 Bulgaria 48.33 2016
118 Puerto Rico 48.33 2016
119 Romania 48.33 2016
120 Myanmar 48.33 2017
121 Barbados 48.32 2018
122 Uruguay 48.32 2016
123 Uzbekistan 48.31 2018
124 Moldova 48.30 2018
125 Solomon Islands 48.29 2018
126 Venezuela 48.28 2017
127 Tajikistan 48.28 2017
128 Guatemala 48.27 2018
129 Timor-Leste 48.26 2018
130 Lebanon 48.21 2018
131 Macao SAR, China 48.18 2018
132 Fiji 48.17 2016
133 Paraguay 48.16 2016
134 Cambodia 48.14 2018
135 Suriname 48.14 2018
136 Colombia 48.13 2018
137 Lao PDR 48.11 2018
138 Portugal 48.11 2017
139 Mozambique 48.10 2018
140 El Salvador 48.09 2017
141 Syrian Arab Republic 48.09 2013
142 Jamaica 48.08 2018
143 Comoros 48.03 2017
144 Tunisia 48.03 2018
145 Samoa 48.01 2018
146 Brazil 47.91 2017
147 Côte d'Ivoire 47.90 2018
148 Philippines 47.89 2017
149 Vietnam 47.84 2018
150 Andorra 47.84 2018
151 Algeria 47.82 2018
152 Cabo Verde 47.80 2018
153 Hong Kong SAR, China 47.80 2018
154 Sudan 47.79 2017
155 Italy 47.78 2017
156 Indonesia 47.77 2018
157 Belize 47.74 2018
158 Georgia 47.71 2018
159 Benin 47.67 2018
160 Libya 47.66 2006
161 Eswatini 47.64 2017
162 Morocco 47.61 2018
163 Montenegro 47.61 2017
164 Nigeria 47.50 2016
165 Liechtenstein 47.50 2016
166 Cuba 47.49 2018
167 Albania 47.42 2018
168 Tonga 47.41 2015
169 Grenada 47.40 2017
170 Dominican Republic 47.35 2017
171 Vanuatu 47.33 2015
172 Ethiopia 47.11 2015
173 Cameroon 47.01 2018
174 Angola 46.86 2015
175 Armenia 46.71 2018
176 Mali 46.59 2018
177 Tuvalu 46.53 2018
178 China 46.48 2018
179 Djibouti 46.36 2019
180 Azerbaijan 46.31 2018
181 Papua New Guinea 46.16 2016
182 Palau 45.70 2014
183 Yemen 45.60 2016
184 Niger 45.56 2017
185 Eritrea 45.18 2017
186 Guinea 44.67 2016
187 Iraq 44.35 2007
188 Pakistan 43.97 2018
189 Central African Republic 43.61 2016
190 Chad 43.36 2016
191 Afghanistan 39.49 2017
192 Somalia 35.46 2007

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Development Relevance: The share of girls allows an assessment on gender composition in school enrollment. A value greater than 50% indicates participation of more girls at a specific level or programme of education.

Limitations and Exceptions: The percentage of female enrollment is limited in assessing gender parity, because it's affected by the gender composition of population. Ratio of female to male in enrollment rate provides a population adjusted measure of gender parity.

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 (http://data.uis.unesco.org/).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Percentage of female enrollment is calculated by dividing the total number of female students at a given level of education by the total enrollment at the same level, 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. 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