School enrollment, primary, male (% 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 99.97 2014
2 Norway 99.86 2014
3 United Kingdom 99.63 2017
4 Iceland 99.53 2016
5 Libya 99.32 1981
6 Canada 99.04 1998
7 Fiji 99.02 2015
8 Sweden 98.74 2008
9 Cameroon 98.67 2016
10 Belgium 98.66 2017
11 France 98.54 2016
12 Finland 98.51 2017
13 Kiribati 98.49 1989
14 Iraq 98.36 2007
15 Iran 98.34 2012
16 Egypt 98.32 2012
17 Thailand 98.30 2009
18 Denmark 98.25 2015
19 Netherlands 98.23 2017
20 Sri Lanka 98.14 2014
21 New Zealand 98.09 2016
22 Greece 98.00 2017
23 Cuba 97.93 2018
24 Portugal 97.92 2017
25 Germany 97.85 2014
26 Brunei 97.83 1995
27 Ireland 97.73 2011
28 Barbados 97.63 2018
29 Malta 97.61 1997
30 Georgia 97.60 2016
31 Bahrain 97.57 2018
32 Slovenia 97.51 2014
33 Korea 97.35 2017
34 Algeria 97.16 2008
35 Tajikistan 97.14 2016
36 Saudi Arabia 97.14 2011
37 Cyprus 97.08 2015
38 Mexico 97.02 1998
39 Spain 96.93 2017
40 Morocco 96.83 2017
41 Mongolia 96.77 2015
42 St. Kitts and Nevis 96.75 2008
43 Uruguay 96.65 2014
44 Russia 96.63 2016
45 Tunisia 96.54 2009
46 Benin 96.52 2008
47 Belize 96.48 2013
48 Macao SAR, China 96.40 2018
49 Costa Rica 96.38 2017
50 Argentina 96.34 1991
51 Australia 96.04 2017
52 Poland 95.95 2017
53 Italy 95.93 2017
54 Indonesia 95.89 2018
55 Latvia 95.80 2017
56 Trinidad and Tobago 95.71 2010
57 Lithuania 95.59 2003
58 Mozambique 95.38 2018
59 Montenegro 95.38 2017
60 Belarus 95.05 2018
61 Uzbekistan 94.89 2014
62 Mauritius 94.89 2013
63 Brazil 94.78 2015
64 Luxembourg 94.76 2015
65 Oman 94.74 2011
66 Sierra Leone 94.74 2015
67 St. Lucia 94.73 2018
68 Chile 94.72 2017
69 United States 94.67 2017
70 Serbia 94.52 2018
71 Rwanda 94.44 2018
72 Cabo Verde 94.28 2018
73 Uganda 94.10 2013
74 Côte d'Ivoire 94.02 2018
75 Nicaragua 93.87 2010
76 Philippines 93.86 2017
77 Switzerland 93.82 2012
78 Togo 93.78 2017
79 Antigua and Barbuda 93.63 2017
80 Seychelles 93.52 2002
81 Hong Kong SAR, China 93.47 1996
82 Grenada 93.29 2005
83 Lesotho 93.23 2017
84 Estonia 93.17 2017
85 São Tomé and Principe 93.15 2017
86 Qatar 93.08 2018
87 Ecuador 93.05 2008
88 Dominican Republic 93.03 2017
89 Guyana 93.03 2010
90 Tonga 93.00 1999
91 Colombia 92.69 2018
92 Azerbaijan 92.58 2018
93 Peru 92.43 2015
94 Lao PDR 92.26 2018
95 Malawi 91.95 2007
96 Timor-Leste 91.69 2018
97 India 91.57 2013
98 Hungary 91.53 2017
99 North Macedonia 91.53 2015
100 Burundi 91.53 2018
101 Bangladesh 91.51 2008
102 Liechtenstein 91.24 2014
103 Bolivia 91.11 2017
104 Gabon 90.98 1997
105 Armenia 90.88 2018
106 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 90.85 2015
107 Ukraine 90.73 2014
108 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 90.69 2014
109 Kyrgyz Republic 90.39 2012
110 Albania 90.34 2013
111 Cambodia 90.33 2018
112 Samoa 90.27 1999
113 China 90.26 1997
114 Kazakhstan 89.98 2007
115 Myanmar 89.58 2010
116 Yemen 89.44 2016
117 Angola 88.90 2011
118 Turkey 88.58 2017
119 Zimbabwe 88.45 2003
120 Austria 88.04 2016
121 Croatia 87.92 2011
122 Bulgaria 87.88 2016
123 Ethiopia 87.73 2015
124 Venezuela 87.54 2017
125 Bhutan 87.52 2018
126 South Africa 87.32 2017
127 Botswana 87.22 2014
128 Paraguay 87.13 2012
129 Czech Republic 86.82 2014
130 Guatemala 86.74 2018
131 Dominica 86.68 2009
132 Panama 86.56 2017
133 Moldova 86.43 2018
134 Nepal 85.97 2004
135 Suriname 84.44 2018
136 United Arab Emirates 84.37 2013
137 Romania 84.28 2016
138 Congo 84.16 2012
139 Ghana 83.90 2018
140 San Marino 83.18 2000
141 Guinea 83.16 2016
142 Eswatini 82.67 2017
143 Chad 82.20 2016
144 Slovak Republic 82.13 2017
145 Jordan 81.54 2018
146 Zambia 81.43 2017
147 Jamaica 80.78 2018
148 Comoros 80.71 2017
149 Tuvalu 79.92 2016
150 El Salvador 79.85 2017
151 Tanzania 79.85 2018
152 Burkina Faso 79.57 2018
153 Honduras 79.29 2017
154 Vanuatu 79.14 2015
155 Kuwait 78.95 2018
156 Mauritania 78.33 2018
157 Kenya 78.27 2012
158 Nauru 77.78 2012
159 Madagascar 77.66 2003
160 Papua New Guinea 76.13 2016
161 Puerto Rico 75.73 2016
162 The Bahamas 74.28 2016
163 Central African Republic 73.58 2012
164 Pakistan 73.37 2018
165 The Gambia 73.06 2018
166 Guinea-Bissau 73.00 2010
167 Senegal 71.27 2017
168 Nigeria 69.95 2010
169 Niger 69.89 2017
170 Syrian Arab Republic 68.85 2013
171 Solomon Islands 67.14 2018
172 Djibouti 66.48 2019
173 Mali 62.02 2018
174 Sudan 61.07 2017
175 Haiti 58.84 1997
176 Eritrea 54.09 2017
177 Liberia 44.12 2017
178 Equatorial Guinea 42.98 2015
179 Afghanistan 38.80 1993
180 Dem. Rep. Congo 37.71 1999
181 Somalia 17.95 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