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: 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 Norway 99.91 2015
3 Benin 99.86 2011
4 United Kingdom 99.86 2012
5 Canada 99.72 1999
6 Iceland 99.57 2013
7 Argentina 99.55 2014
8 Sweden 99.39 2015
9 Finland 99.35 2015
10 Spain 99.28 2015
11 New Zealand 99.27 2015
12 Iran 99.12 2007
13 Sierra Leone 98.93 2015
14 Belgium 98.90 2015
15 France 98.64 2014
16 Morocco 98.57 2014
17 Korea 98.46 2015
18 Denmark 98.32 2015
19 Netherlands 98.09 2015
20 Sri Lanka 98.05 2014
21 Tunisia 98.03 2009
22 Portugal 98.01 2015
23 Malaysia 97.84 2015
24 Lithuania 97.74 2015
25 Iraq 97.72 2007
26 Egypt 97.67 2014
27 Italy 97.56 2015
28 Algeria 97.35 2008
29 Nepal 97.35 2016
30 Fiji 97.30 2015
31 Mongolia 97.28 2015
32 Malta 97.27 2015
33 Slovenia 97.26 2014
34 Belize 97.19 2015
35 Cyprus 97.08 2015
36 Tajikistan 97.05 2016
37 Cabo Verde 97.04 2015
38 Saudi Arabia 96.87 2015
39 Australia 96.75 2015
40 Israel 96.67 2015
41 Cameroon 96.59 2015
42 Greece 96.57 2014
43 Costa Rica 96.55 2015
44 Poland 96.44 2014
45 Russia 96.38 2015
46 Serbia 96.32 2015
47 São Tomé and Principe 96.23 2015
48 Albania 96.21 2013
49 Armenia 96.20 2015
50 Grenada 96.10 2015
51 Latvia 96.08 2015
52 Bahrain 96.03 2015
53 Nicaragua 95.91 2010
54 Uzbekistan 95.84 2016
55 Trinidad and Tobago 95.66 2010
56 Samoa 95.56 2015
57 Georgia 95.43 2007
58 Azerbaijan 95.27 2015
59 Ukraine 95.17 2014
60 Mauritius 95.16 2015
61 Angola 94.93 2011
62 Macao SAR, China 94.77 2015
63 Mexico 94.68 2014
64 Oman 94.67 2015
65 Belarus 94.64 2015
66 Turkey 94.58 2015
67 St. Lucia 94.52 2007
68 Ireland 94.48 2014
69 Chile 94.40 2015
70 Togo 94.31 2014
71 Uruguay 94.25 2014
72 Philippines 94.24 2013
73 Rwanda 94.09 2015
74 Seychelles 94.05 2015
75 Estonia 94.04 2015
76 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 94.03 2015
77 Thailand 93.96 2015
78 Timor-Leste 93.91 2015
79 Peru 93.81 2015
80 United Arab Emirates 93.78 2015
81 Cambodia 93.67 2015
82 Panama 93.61 2014
83 Bulgaria 93.56 2015
84 Switzerland 93.46 2015
85 United States 93.44 2015
86 Montenegro 93.43 2015
87 Burundi 93.30 2015
88 Lao PDR 93.25 2015
89 The Bahamas 93.22 2009
90 Suriname 93.13 2015
91 San Marino 93.09 2012
92 Luxembourg 92.78 2014
93 Kuwait 92.61 2014
94 Dominica 92.41 2009
95 Honduras 92.31 2015
96 Tonga 92.27 2013
97 Brazil 92.27 2015
98 Uganda 92.21 2013
99 Cuba 92.05 2015
100 Jamaica 92.00 2004
101 Qatar 91.70 2015
102 India 91.67 2013
103 Yemen 91.56 2013
104 Mozambique 91.42 2015
105 Macedonia 91.36 2015
106 Ecuador 91.32 2016
107 Hungary 91.26 2015
108 Liechtenstein 91.24 2014
109 El Salvador 90.95 2015
110 Colombia 90.63 2015
111 Botswana 90.45 2013
112 Indonesia 90.38 2015
113 Kyrgyz Republic 90.19 2015
114 Barbados 90.12 2014
115 Venezuela 90.12 2015
116 Malawi 89.89 2007
117 Jordan 89.35 2013
118 Chad 89.33 2013
119 Bolivia 89.26 2015
120 Papua New Guinea 89.18 2012
121 Croatia 89.12 2015
122 Paraguay 88.76 2012
123 Ethiopia 88.71 2015
124 Namibia 88.49 2013
125 Nauru 88.48 2014
126 Antigua and Barbuda 88.28 2015
127 Myanmar 88.24 2010
128 Dominican Republic 87.69 2015
129 Kazakhstan 87.61 2016
130 Congo 87.59 2012
131 Moldova 87.50 2015
132 Romania 87.17 2015
133 Ghana 86.67 2016
134 Zambia 86.49 2013
135 Bangladesh 86.08 2010
136 Guatemala 85.75 2015
137 Zimbabwe 85.27 2013
138 Lebanon 84.69 2015
139 Bhutan 84.66 2014
140 Vanuatu 84.65 2015
141 Tuvalu 84.10 2014
142 Côte d'Ivoire 83.74 2015
143 Kenya 83.17 2012
144 Guyana 82.80 2012
145 Guinea 81.11 2014
146 Comoros 81.02 2014
147 Puerto Rico 80.23 2014
148 Swaziland 79.79 2014
149 Tanzania 79.49 2014
150 Pakistan 79.38 2015
151 South Africa 79.24 2005
152 Central African Republic 79.11 2012
153 Lesotho 78.82 2015
154 Mauritania 77.41 2015
155 St. Kitts and Nevis 77.24 2015
156 Madagascar 77.01 2003
157 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 73.96 2015
158 Palau 73.80 2016
159 The Gambia 71.33 2016
160 Burkina Faso 70.90 2015
161 Solomon Islands 70.45 2015
162 Guinea-Bissau 69.79 2010
163 Nigeria 69.34 2010
164 Senegal 68.21 2015
165 Syrian Arab Republic 67.49 2013
166 Niger 67.11 2015
167 Djibouti 60.68 2015
168 Mali 58.84 2015
169 Equatorial Guinea 55.49 2015
170 Sudan 52.45 2012
171 Eritrea 40.73 2015
172 Liberia 38.90 2015
173 Dem. Rep. Congo 36.24 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