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: 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 Senegal 52.25 2015
2 Congo 51.50 2012
3 The Gambia 51.38 2016
4 Bangladesh 50.86 2015
5 Tanzania 50.84 2015
6 Nepal 50.77 2016
7 Burundi 50.58 2015
8 Mauritania 50.48 2015
9 Rwanda 50.46 2015
10 Sierra Leone 50.38 2015
11 Malawi 50.33 2015
12 Iran 50.30 2015
13 Uganda 50.12 2013
14 India 50.05 2015
15 Oman 50.05 2015
16 Zambia 49.90 2013
17 St. Kitts and Nevis 49.78 2015
18 Madagascar 49.70 2015
19 Sweden 49.70 2015
20 Cayman Islands 49.70 2013
21 Kiribati 49.68 2015
22 Seychelles 49.62 2015
23 Kenya 49.58 2015
24 The Bahamas 49.56 2010
25 Zimbabwe 49.50 2013
26 Saudi Arabia 49.47 2015
27 Mauritius 49.47 2015
28 Bhutan 49.39 2016
29 Ghana 49.29 2016
30 Monaco 49.26 2015
31 Bahrain 49.24 2015
32 Guyana 49.19 2012
33 Sri Lanka 49.18 2015
34 Jordan 49.12 2014
35 Equatorial Guinea 49.10 2015
36 Iceland 49.06 2013
37 Cambodia 49.05 2015
38 Namibia 49.05 2013
39 Argentina 49.05 2014
40 Ecuador 49.04 2016
41 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 49.03 2015
42 Ukraine 49.03 2015
43 Russia 49.01 2015
44 Mongolia 49.00 2015
45 Myanmar 48.99 2014
46 Qatar 48.98 2015
47 Peru 48.97 2015
48 United States 48.94 2015
49 Lithuania 48.93 2015
50 United Arab Emirates 48.93 2015
51 Lesotho 48.92 2015
52 Mexico 48.91 2014
53 Turkmenistan 48.91 2014
54 Barbados 48.88 2014
55 Belgium 48.87 2015
56 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 48.85 2015
57 Norway 48.85 2015
58 Kyrgyz Republic 48.84 2015
59 Kuwait 48.84 2015
60 Honduras 48.83 2015
61 Spain 48.83 2015
62 Gabon 48.83 2011
63 Israel 48.82 2015
64 Canada 48.82 2013
65 Turkey 48.82 2015
66 Malta 48.81 2015
67 United Kingdom 48.79 2014
68 Czech Republic 48.77 2015
69 Finland 48.77 2015
70 Japan 48.76 2014
71 Ireland 48.75 2015
72 Poland 48.74 2014
73 France 48.74 2014
74 Haiti 48.73 1998
75 Jamaica 48.73 2015
76 Botswana 48.72 2014
77 Costa Rica 48.70 2015
78 Latvia 48.70 2015
79 Bosnia and Herzegovina 48.69 2015
80 St. Lucia 48.68 2015
81 Croatia 48.67 2015
82 Kazakhstan 48.67 2016
83 Malaysia 48.67 2015
84 Dominica 48.65 2015
85 Cyprus 48.65 2015
86 Estonia 48.65 2015
87 Belarus 48.64 2015
88 New Zealand 48.64 2015
89 Timor-Leste 48.63 2015
90 Netherlands 48.62 2015
91 Australia 48.60 2015
92 Luxembourg 48.60 2014
93 Slovak Republic 48.59 2015
94 Switzerland 48.59 2015
95 Serbia 48.58 2015
96 South Africa 48.56 2014
97 Germany 48.56 2015
98 Liechtenstein 48.56 2015
99 Slovenia 48.56 2014
100 Hungary 48.55 2015
101 Macedonia 48.54 2015
102 Antigua and Barbuda 48.54 2015
103 Togo 48.52 2015
104 Austria 48.51 2015
105 Greece 48.51 2014
106 Brunei 48.49 2015
107 Denmark 48.48 2015
108 Nicaragua 48.47 2010
109 Trinidad and Tobago 48.46 2010
110 Burkina Faso 48.45 2015
111 Suriname 48.43 2015
112 São Tomé and Principe 48.43 2016
113 Bolivia 48.42 2015
114 Egypt 48.42 2014
115 Italy 48.41 2015
116 Uzbekistan 48.38 2016
117 Nigeria 48.37 2013
118 Panama 48.35 2014
119 Chile 48.34 2015
120 Guinea-Bissau 48.34 2010
121 Uruguay 48.33 2014
122 Bulgaria 48.31 2015
123 Moldova 48.30 2015
124 Romania 48.28 2015
125 Venezuela 48.28 2015
126 Tajikistan 48.27 2016
127 Lebanon 48.27 2015
128 Singapore 48.26 2009
129 Paraguay 48.26 2012
130 Korea 48.23 2015
131 Puerto Rico 48.18 2014
132 Samoa 48.17 2015
133 Tunisia 48.16 2015
134 Guatemala 48.15 2015
135 Solomon Islands 48.14 2015
136 Fiji 48.13 2015
137 Colombia 48.12 2015
138 Syrian Arab Republic 48.09 2013
139 Brazil 48.06 2015
140 Belize 48.04 2015
141 Lao PDR 48.00 2015
142 Hong Kong SAR, China 47.96 2015
143 Cabo Verde 47.93 2015
144 Philippines 47.89 2013
145 Portugal 47.87 2015
146 Vietnam 47.87 2015
147 Macao SAR, China 47.86 2015
148 El Salvador 47.85 2015
149 Indonesia 47.82 2015
150 Grenada 47.79 2015
151 Algeria 47.76 2015
152 Mozambique 47.68 2015
153 Tonga 47.67 2014
154 Libya 47.66 2006
155 Montenegro 47.62 2015
156 Nauru 47.59 2014
157 Swaziland 47.56 2014
158 Tuvalu 47.51 2015
159 Benin 47.50 2015
160 Palau 47.45 2016
161 Morocco 47.40 2015
162 Comoros 47.38 2014
163 Vanuatu 47.33 2015
164 Dem. Rep. Congo 47.28 2014
165 Andorra 47.24 2015
166 Georgia 47.17 2015
167 Thailand 47.13 2015
168 Cuba 47.12 2015
169 Albania 47.11 2015
170 Ethiopia 47.11 2015
171 Cameroon 46.96 2015
172 Armenia 46.89 2015
173 Dominican Republic 46.84 2015
174 Côte d'Ivoire 46.71 2015
175 Sudan 46.67 2013
176 Mali 46.54 2015
177 Liberia 46.47 2015
178 Djibouti 46.41 2016
179 China 46.32 2015
180 Azerbaijan 46.16 2015
181 Papua New Guinea 45.91 2012
182 San Marino 45.62 2012
183 Guinea 45.50 2014
184 Eritrea 45.28 2015
185 Niger 45.02 2015
186 Yemen 44.66 2013
187 Iraq 44.35 2007
188 Pakistan 44.23 2015
189 Chad 43.01 2013
190 Central African Republic 42.96 2012
191 Afghanistan 39.65 2015
192 Angola 38.91 2011
193 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: 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: 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