School enrollment, primary, female (% net) - Country Ranking

Definition: Net enrollment rate is the ratio of children of official school age who are enrolled in school to the population of the corresponding official school age. Primary education provides children with basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills along with an elementary understanding of such subjects as history, geography, natural science, social science, art, and music.

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 Malaysia 99.81 2014
2 Norway 99.79 2014
3 Iceland 99.37 2016
4 United Kingdom 99.35 2017
5 Malta 99.13 1997
6 France 99.12 2016
7 Netherlands 99.09 2017
8 Canada 98.95 1998
9 Belgium 98.87 2017
10 New Zealand 98.86 2016
11 Slovenia 98.82 2014
12 Egypt 98.77 2012
13 Finland 98.75 2017
14 Tunisia 98.60 2009
15 Denmark 98.50 2015
16 Greece 98.46 2017
17 Fiji 98.42 2015
18 Kiribati 98.35 1989
19 Georgia 98.19 2016
20 Brunei 98.14 1995
21 Sweden 98.12 2008
22 Germany 97.94 2014
23 Thailand 97.85 2009
24 Cyprus 97.67 2015
25 Spain 97.64 2017
26 Cuba 97.54 2018
27 Iran 97.51 2012
28 Ireland 97.31 2011
29 Mauritius 97.22 2013
30 Portugal 97.19 2017
31 Korea 97.16 2017
32 Malawi 97.09 2007
33 Saudi Arabia 97.06 2011
34 Morocco 96.96 2017
35 Uganda 96.90 2013
36 Russia 96.84 2016
37 Latvia 96.83 2017
38 Australia 96.74 2017
39 Uruguay 96.61 2014
40 Mexico 96.43 1998
41 Macao SAR, China 96.39 2018
42 Sri Lanka 96.38 2014
43 Costa Rica 96.30 2017
44 Oman 96.18 2011
45 Montenegro 96.08 2017
46 St. Lucia 96.08 2018
47 Ecuador 96.07 2008
48 Tajikistan 96.01 2016
49 Argentina 96.01 1991
50 Nicaragua 95.97 2010
51 Bahrain 95.85 2018
52 Barbados 95.73 2018
53 Poland 95.61 2017
54 Algeria 95.53 2008
55 Sierra Leone 95.50 2015
56 Italy 95.37 2017
57 Mongolia 95.22 2015
58 Lithuania 95.19 2003
59 Qatar 95.17 2018
60 Rwanda 95.14 2018
61 Luxembourg 95.07 2015
62 Belize 94.99 2013
63 Trinidad and Tobago 94.84 2010
64 Belarus 94.80 2018
65 Antigua and Barbuda 94.77 2017
66 Chile 94.76 2017
67 Brazil 94.68 2015
68 Serbia 94.58 2018
69 United States 94.58 2017
70 Estonia 94.22 2017
71 Hong Kong SAR, China 94.17 1996
72 Libya 94.12 1981
73 Burundi 94.09 2018
74 Albania 93.70 2013
75 Philippines 93.69 2017
76 Bangladesh 93.67 2008
77 Switzerland 93.58 2012
78 Lesotho 93.39 2017
79 Seychelles 93.32 2002
80 Uzbekistan 93.25 2014
81 Colombia 93.16 2018
82 Grenada 93.08 2005
83 Peru 93.05 2015
84 India 93.03 2013
85 São Tomé and Principe 93.00 2017
86 Timor-Leste 92.95 2018
87 Dominican Republic 92.71 2017
88 Ukraine 92.66 2014
89 Cabo Verde 92.55 2018
90 Mozambique 92.48 2018
91 Azerbaijan 92.25 2018
92 North Macedonia 91.92 2015
93 Congo 91.65 2012
94 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 91.11 2015
95 Indonesia 90.97 2018
96 St. Kitts and Nevis 90.91 2008
97 Gabon 90.83 1997
98 Samoa 90.68 1999
99 Lao PDR 90.65 2018
100 Bolivia 90.64 2017
101 Armenia 90.55 2018
102 Guyana 90.36 2010
103 Cameroon 90.25 2016
104 Cambodia 90.19 2018
105 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 90.19 2014
106 Liechtenstein 90.12 2014
107 Hungary 90.10 2017
108 Austria 89.69 2016
109 Czech Republic 89.49 2014
110 Zimbabwe 89.43 2003
111 Kazakhstan 89.03 2007
112 Kyrgyz Republic 88.83 2012
113 Bhutan 88.54 2018
114 Myanmar 88.43 2010
115 China 88.37 1997
116 Dominica 88.12 2009
117 Botswana 88.10 2014
118 Togo 88.04 2017
119 Suriname 87.73 2018
120 Tonga 87.72 1999
121 Croatia 87.36 2011
122 Bulgaria 87.27 2016
123 Paraguay 87.27 2012
124 Venezuela 87.24 2017
125 Turkey 87.19 2017
126 San Marino 87.17 2000
127 Guatemala 87.04 2018
128 Iraq 86.92 2007
129 Kuwait 86.86 2018
130 United Arab Emirates 86.84 2013
131 South Africa 86.70 2017
132 Côte d'Ivoire 86.61 2018
133 Moldova 86.19 2018
134 Panama 85.91 2017
135 Ghana 85.08 2018
136 Zambia 84.93 2017
137 Slovak Republic 84.11 2017
138 Romania 83.92 2016
139 Benin 83.58 2008
140 Tanzania 82.85 2018
141 Nauru 82.62 2012
142 Eswatini 82.38 2017
143 Kenya 81.69 2012
144 Ethiopia 81.45 2015
145 Jamaica 81.26 2018
146 Honduras 80.93 2017
147 Mauritania 80.86 2018
148 The Gambia 80.63 2018
149 El Salvador 80.63 2017
150 Vanuatu 80.60 2015
151 Jordan 80.18 2018
152 Senegal 79.59 2017
153 Comoros 78.94 2017
154 Yemen 78.68 2016
155 Madagascar 77.79 2003
156 Burkina Faso 77.69 2018
157 Puerto Rico 76.84 2016
158 The Bahamas 76.43 2016
159 Nepal 74.78 2004
160 Tuvalu 72.37 2016
161 Papua New Guinea 71.01 2016
162 Guinea-Bissau 69.51 2010
163 Guinea 68.77 2016
164 Solomon Islands 67.83 2018
165 Angola 67.28 2011
166 Syrian Arab Republic 67.04 2013
167 Djibouti 66.48 2019
168 Chad 64.07 2016
169 Pakistan 61.61 2018
170 Niger 60.20 2017
171 Central African Republic 58.96 2012
172 Sudan 58.92 2017
173 Nigeria 58.11 2010
174 Haiti 57.37 1997
175 Mali 55.76 2018
176 Eritrea 49.31 2017
177 Liberia 44.40 2017
178 Equatorial Guinea 44.00 2015
179 Dem. Rep. Congo 35.89 1999
180 Afghanistan 13.70 1993
181 Somalia 10.94 1980

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Development Relevance: Gross enrollment ratios indicate the capacity of each level of the education system, but a high ratio may reflect a substantial number of overage children enrolled in each grade because of repetition or late entry rather than a successful education system. The net enrollment rate excludes overage and underage students and more accurately captures the system's coverage and internal efficiency. Differences between the gross enrollment ratio and the net enrollment rate show the incidence of overage and underage enrollments.

Limitations and Exceptions: Enrollment indicators are based on annual school surveys, but do not necessarily reflect actual attendance or dropout rates during the year. Also, the length of education differs across countries and can influence enrollment rates, although the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) tries to minimize the difference. For example, a shorter duration for primary education tends to increase the rate; a longer one to decrease it (in part because older children are more at risk of dropping out). Moreover, age at enrollment may be inaccurately estimated or misstated, especially in communities where registration of births is not strictly enforced.

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: Net enrollment rate for primary school is calculated by dividing the number of students of official school age enrolled in primary education by the population of the age group which officially corresponds to 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