Children out of school, female (% of female primary school age) - Country Ranking

Definition: Children out of school are the percentage of primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in primary or secondary school. Children in the official primary age group that are in preprimary education should be considered out of school.

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 Somalia 88.69 1980
2 Afghanistan 85.36 1993
3 Dem. Rep. Congo 65.51 1999
4 Liberia 63.73 2015
5 Eritrea 62.72 2015
6 Djibouti 46.02 2015
7 Sudan 43.94 2012
8 Haiti 43.12 1997
9 Equatorial Guinea 43.01 2015
10 Mali 42.73 2015
11 Niger 41.69 2015
12 Nigeria 40.03 2010
13 Central African Republic 37.63 2012
14 Guinea-Bissau 32.45 2010
15 Burkina Faso 32.14 2015
16 Pakistan 32.12 2015
17 Chad 31.30 2013
18 Syrian Arab Republic 29.86 2013
19 Solomon Islands 29.34 2015
20 Guinea 27.76 2014
21 Angola 26.95 2011
22 Côte d'Ivoire 25.29 2015
23 Senegal 23.62 2015
24 Madagascar 22.44 2003
25 Yemen 21.75 2013
26 Swaziland 20.40 2014
27 The Gambia 20.37 2016
28 Comoros 20.12 2014
29 Tanzania 19.32 2014
30 Lebanon 19.20 2015
31 Mauritania 18.29 2015
32 St. Kitts and Nevis 18.17 2015
33 Lesotho 17.69 2015
34 Ethiopia 17.01 2015
35 Guyana 16.43 2012
36 Papua New Guinea 16.37 2012
37 Nauru 15.51 2014
38 Iraq 13.41 2007
39 Palau 13.19 2016
40 Mozambique 13.17 2015
41 Zimbabwe 13.00 2013
42 Myanmar 12.75 2010
43 Thailand 12.54 2015
44 Guatemala 12.08 2015
45 Vanuatu 12.03 2015
46 Kenya 11.99 2012
47 Puerto Rico 11.97 2014
48 Benin 11.80 2011
49 Dominican Republic 11.68 2015
50 Ghana 11.26 2016
51 Paraguay 10.95 2012
52 Jordan 10.82 2013
53 Bolivia 10.80 2015
54 Moldova 10.31 2015
55 Togo 10.21 2014
56 Antigua and Barbuda 10.16 2015
57 China 10.15 1996
58 Zambia 9.97 2013
59 Romania 9.94 2015
60 Indonesia 9.93 2015
61 Bhutan 9.74 2014
62 Cameroon 9.40 2015
63 Macedonia 9.26 2015
64 Gabon 8.90 1997
65 Libya 8.86 1978
66 Botswana 7.99 2013
67 Lao PDR 7.85 2015
68 Namibia 7.84 2013
69 Venezuela 7.66 2015
70 Cuba 7.62 2015
71 Barbados 7.53 2014
72 El Salvador 7.46 2015
73 St. Lucia 7.19 2007
74 San Marino 7.10 2012
75 Azerbaijan 7.04 2015
76 Montenegro 6.85 2015
77 Panama 6.82 2014
78 Colombia 6.56 2015
79 Jamaica 6.24 2004
80 Turkey 6.20 2015
81 Georgia 6.03 2007
82 South Africa 6.02 2005
83 Chile 5.71 2015
84 Honduras 5.56 2015
85 Uruguay 5.54 2014
86 São Tomé and Principe 5.41 2015
87 United States 5.23 2015
88 Bulgaria 5.16 2015
89 Austria 5.11 1989
90 Suriname 4.88 2015
91 Albania 4.75 2013
92 Uganda 4.73 2013
93 Brazil 4.54 2015
94 Macao SAR, China 4.50 2015
95 Burundi 4.49 2015
96 United Arab Emirates 4.29 2015
97 Estonia 4.28 2015
98 Hungary 4.22 2015
99 Malawi 4.10 2007
100 Greece 4.02 2014
101 Uzbekistan 3.98 2016
102 Rwanda 3.91 2015
103 Luxembourg 3.80 2014
104 Cambodia 3.78 2015
105 Armenia 3.72 2015
106 Belarus 3.58 2015
107 Algeria 3.57 2008
108 Sri Lanka 3.55 2014
109 Costa Rica 3.52 2015
110 Seychelles 3.52 2015
111 Poland 3.46 2014
112 Mongolia 3.34 2015
113 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 3.29 2015
114 Nepal 3.27 2016
115 Congo 3.24 2012
116 Latvia 3.10 2015
117 Qatar 2.75 2015
118 Mauritius 2.69 2015
119 Cabo Verde 2.64 2015
120 Kyrgyz Republic 2.56 2015
121 Tonga 2.53 2013
122 Australia 2.52 2015
123 Brunei 2.44 1994
124 Grenada 2.43 2015
125 Ukraine 2.41 2014
126 Tuvalu 2.27 2014
127 Portugal 2.20 2015
128 Israel 2.10 2015
129 Samoa 2.07 2015
130 Oman 1.99 2015
131 Liechtenstein 1.93 2014
132 Mexico 1.85 2014
133 Cyprus 1.84 2015
134 Russia 1.84 2015
135 Tunisia 1.74 2009
136 Peru 1.72 2015
137 Slovenia 1.64 2014
138 Malaysia 1.64 2015
139 Kiribati 1.62 1989
140 Fiji 1.61 2015
141 Trinidad and Tobago 1.60 2010
142 India 1.55 2013
143 Saudi Arabia 1.54 2015
144 Bahrain 1.52 2015
145 Korea 1.43 2015
146 Iceland 1.38 2013
147 Italy 1.28 2015
148 Belize 1.26 2015
149 Dominica 1.23 2009
150 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1.23 2015
151 Morocco 1.19 2014
152 Philippines 1.19 2013
153 Denmark 1.16 2015
154 Netherlands 1.13 2015
155 New Zealand 1.05 2015
156 The Bahamas 1.05 2009
157 Timor-Leste 0.89 2015
158 Ecuador 0.83 2016
159 Serbia 0.70 2015
160 Sierra Leone 0.68 2015
161 Belgium 0.67 2015
162 Kuwait 0.67 2014
163 Egypt 0.64 2014
164 Argentina 0.53 2014
165 Ireland 0.38 2014
166 Tajikistan 0.38 2016
167 Spain 0.35 2015
168 France 0.35 2014
169 Croatia 0.34 2015
170 Norway 0.34 2015
171 Sweden 0.33 2015
172 Nicaragua 0.29 2010
173 United Kingdom 0.27 2012
174 Malta 0.24 2015
175 Iran 0.17 2007
176 Canada 0.15 1999
177 Switzerland 0.14 2015
178 Lithuania 0.13 2015
179 Finland 0.11 2015
180 Kazakhstan 0.08 2016
181 Japan 0.05 2014
182 Bangladesh 0.02 2010

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Limitations and Exceptions: The administrative data used in the calculation of the rate of out-of-school children are based on enrolment at a specific date which can bias the results by either counting enrolled children who never attend school or by omitting those who enroll after the reference date for reporting enrolment data. Furthermore, children who drop out of school after the reference date are not counted as out of school. Discrepancies between enrolment and population data from different sources can also result in over- or underestimates of the rate. Lastly, the international comparability of this indicator can be affected by the use of different concepts of enrolment and out-of-school children across countries.

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: The rate of out-of-school children allows to compare across countries with different population sizes. It shows the share of official primary-school-age children who never attended school or dropped out to the population of official primary school age. 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

General Comments: Relevance to gender indicator: It has been well known that more girls are out of school than boys which has been shown to be nefarious to a country’s social and economic health.