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: 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 Japan 99.95 2014
2 Canada 99.85 1999
3 Finland 99.78 2015
4 Iran 99.73 2007
5 United Kingdom 99.72 2012
6 Malta 99.72 2015
7 Norway 99.66 2015
8 Spain 99.57 2015
9 Sweden 99.36 2015
10 Sierra Leone 99.30 2015
11 Argentina 99.14 2014
12 France 99.07 2014
13 Belgium 99.00 2015
14 New Zealand 98.89 2015
15 The Bahamas 98.63 2009
16 Netherlands 98.53 2015
17 Iceland 98.52 2013
18 Tajikistan 98.46 2016
19 Egypt 98.41 2014
20 Denmark 98.38 2015
21 Malaysia 98.36 2015
22 Saudi Arabia 98.36 2015
23 Morocco 98.28 2014
24 Slovenia 98.25 2014
25 Nicaragua 98.05 2010
26 Fiji 98.01 2015
27 Korea 97.94 2015
28 Lithuania 97.90 2015
29 Philippines 97.88 2013
30 Israel 97.76 2015
31 Cyprus 97.67 2015
32 Portugal 97.64 2015
33 Timor-Leste 97.35 2015
34 Australia 97.33 2015
35 Ukraine 97.24 2014
36 Cabo Verde 97.21 2015
37 Tunisia 97.19 2009
38 Mauritius 97.17 2015
39 Bahrain 96.84 2015
40 Italy 96.81 2015
41 Russia 96.69 2015
42 Nepal 96.56 2016
43 Poland 96.39 2014
44 Samoa 96.37 2015
45 Sri Lanka 96.30 2014
46 Serbia 96.29 2015
47 Costa Rica 96.28 2015
48 Cambodia 96.22 2015
49 Belarus 96.12 2015
50 Latvia 96.12 2015
51 Rwanda 96.09 2015
52 Greece 95.98 2014
53 Armenia 95.93 2015
54 Seychelles 95.78 2015
55 Mongolia 95.73 2015
56 Algeria 95.48 2008
57 Mexico 95.45 2014
58 Estonia 95.40 2015
59 Grenada 95.35 2015
60 Malawi 95.29 2007
61 Macao SAR, China 95.27 2015
62 Congo 95.21 2012
63 Bangladesh 95.13 2010
64 Uganda 95.11 2013
65 Belize 95.06 2015
66 Burundi 94.99 2015
67 Ireland 94.98 2014
68 Albania 94.82 2013
69 Trinidad and Tobago 94.80 2010
70 Oman 94.38 2015
71 Peru 94.37 2015
72 Chile 94.25 2015
73 Uruguay 94.18 2014
74 United States 94.08 2015
75 Tonga 94.06 2013
76 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 93.83 2015
77 Honduras 93.79 2015
78 Turkey 93.68 2015
79 São Tomé and Principe 93.58 2015
80 Suriname 93.51 2015
81 Dominica 93.50 2009
82 Uzbekistan 93.50 2016
83 Georgia 93.23 2007
84 Panama 93.18 2014
85 Switzerland 93.17 2015
86 Luxembourg 93.17 2014
87 Kuwait 93.15 2014
88 Brazil 93.14 2015
89 Bulgaria 93.04 2015
90 United Arab Emirates 92.96 2015
91 Jamaica 92.92 2004
92 India 92.92 2013
93 Azerbaijan 92.85 2015
94 Qatar 92.55 2015
95 Ecuador 92.52 2016
96 Montenegro 92.32 2015
97 Cuba 92.26 2015
98 San Marino 92.26 2012
99 Lao PDR 92.15 2015
100 Barbados 91.97 2014
101 Botswana 91.61 2013
102 St. Lucia 91.56 2007
103 El Salvador 91.54 2015
104 Namibia 91.00 2013
105 Macedonia 90.74 2015
106 Colombia 90.58 2015
107 Liechtenstein 90.12 2014
108 Hungary 89.91 2015
109 Venezuela 89.59 2015
110 Indonesia 89.05 2015
111 Jordan 89.04 2013
112 Croatia 88.52 2015
113 Kyrgyz Republic 88.41 2015
114 Paraguay 88.33 2012
115 Zambia 88.32 2013
116 Benin 88.20 2011
117 Ghana 88.19 2016
118 Togo 88.01 2014
119 South Africa 87.91 2005
120 Bolivia 87.68 2015
121 Thailand 87.39 2015
122 Cameroon 87.33 2015
123 Myanmar 87.25 2010
124 Kazakhstan 87.14 2016
125 Vanuatu 87.09 2015
126 Mozambique 86.83 2015
127 Palau 86.81 2016
128 Kenya 86.60 2012
129 Iraq 86.59 2007
130 Romania 86.56 2015
131 Bhutan 86.53 2014
132 Zimbabwe 86.45 2013
133 Moldova 86.17 2015
134 Dominican Republic 86.05 2015
135 Antigua and Barbuda 85.81 2015
136 Tuvalu 85.15 2014
137 Guatemala 85.14 2015
138 Nauru 84.36 2014
139 Puerto Rico 84.03 2014
140 Papua New Guinea 82.61 2012
141 Ethiopia 82.40 2015
142 Lesotho 81.53 2015
143 Mauritania 81.06 2015
144 Tanzania 80.68 2014
145 Guyana 79.94 2012
146 St. Kitts and Nevis 79.50 2015
147 Swaziland 79.44 2014
148 Lebanon 78.92 2015
149 The Gambia 78.29 2016
150 Comoros 77.85 2014
151 Yemen 77.84 2013
152 Madagascar 77.13 2003
153 Senegal 74.76 2015
154 Côte d'Ivoire 74.71 2015
155 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 74.19 2015
156 Angola 73.05 2011
157 Solomon Islands 70.66 2015
158 Guinea 70.10 2014
159 Chad 68.66 2013
160 Pakistan 67.88 2015
161 Burkina Faso 67.26 2015
162 Guinea-Bissau 66.68 2010
163 Syrian Arab Republic 65.81 2013
164 Central African Republic 62.12 2012
165 Nigeria 58.07 2010
166 Niger 57.48 2015
167 Equatorial Guinea 55.90 2015
168 Sudan 55.15 2012
169 Djibouti 53.98 2015
170 Mali 52.47 2015
171 Eritrea 37.09 2015
172 Liberia 36.27 2015
173 Dem. Rep. Congo 34.49 1999

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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: 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: 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