Children out of school, male (% of male 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 81.29 1980
2 Dem. Rep. Congo 63.76 1999
3 Liberia 61.10 2015
4 Eritrea 59.09 2015
5 Afghanistan 58.40 1993
6 Sudan 46.53 2012
7 Equatorial Guinea 43.39 2015
8 Haiti 42.22 1997
9 Djibouti 39.32 2015
10 Mali 35.96 2015
11 Niger 31.97 2015
12 Senegal 30.32 2015
13 Solomon Islands 29.55 2015
14 Guinea-Bissau 29.09 2010
15 Nigeria 28.88 2010
16 Burkina Faso 28.57 2015
17 Syrian Arab Republic 28.43 2013
18 The Gambia 27.62 2016
19 Palau 25.65 2016
20 Madagascar 22.69 2003
21 Mauritania 21.86 2015
22 St. Kitts and Nevis 21.01 2015
23 Lesotho 20.82 2015
24 Pakistan 20.62 2015
25 Central African Republic 20.58 2012
26 Tanzania 20.51 2014
27 Swaziland 20.12 2014
28 Puerto Rico 18.01 2014
29 Comoros 17.34 2014
30 South Africa 16.77 2005
31 Guinea 16.31 2014
32 Côte d'Ivoire 16.26 2015
33 Kenya 15.56 2012
34 Vanuatu 14.47 2015
35 Zimbabwe 14.39 2013
36 Lebanon 13.71 2015
37 Guyana 13.50 2012
38 Ghana 12.81 2016
39 Bhutan 12.26 2014
40 Zambia 11.94 2013
41 Guatemala 11.83 2015
42 Myanmar 11.76 2010
43 Nauru 11.26 2014
44 Congo 11.02 2012
45 Dominican Republic 10.84 2015
46 Namibia 10.84 2013
47 Ethiopia 10.71 2015
48 Paraguay 10.66 2012
49 Chad 10.62 2013
50 Jordan 10.54 2013
51 Bangladesh 9.92 2010
52 Moldova 9.80 2015
53 Romania 9.79 2015
54 Papua New Guinea 9.55 2012
55 Malawi 9.55 2007
56 Bolivia 9.45 2015
57 Barbados 9.45 2014
58 Antigua and Barbuda 9.33 2015
59 Botswana 9.28 2013
60 Indonesia 8.95 2015
61 Macedonia 8.64 2015
62 Gabon 8.63 1997
63 Mozambique 8.58 2015
64 El Salvador 8.28 2015
65 China 8.10 1996
66 Yemen 7.87 2013
67 Cuba 7.86 2015
68 Uganda 7.66 2013
69 Venezuela 7.57 2015
70 Jamaica 7.30 2004
71 Honduras 7.23 2015
72 Colombia 7.10 2015
73 San Marino 6.80 2012
74 Lao PDR 6.75 2015
75 The Bahamas 6.48 2009
76 Panama 6.39 2014
77 Cambodia 6.33 2015
78 Burundi 6.30 2015
79 Thailand 5.99 2015
80 Austria 5.97 1989
81 Rwanda 5.91 2015
82 Brazil 5.88 2015
83 United States 5.84 2015
84 Montenegro 5.81 2015
85 Estonia 5.80 2015
86 Suriname 5.77 2015
87 Chile 5.56 2015
88 Seychelles 5.49 2015
89 Uruguay 5.45 2014
90 Tuvalu 5.39 2014
91 Turkey 5.34 2015
92 Tonga 5.18 2013
93 Philippines 5.14 2013
94 Belarus 5.07 2015
95 Angola 5.07 2011
96 Macao SAR, China 5.06 2015
97 Timor-Leste 4.99 2015
98 Bulgaria 4.97 2015
99 Brunei 4.97 1994
100 Mauritius 4.70 2015
101 Azerbaijan 4.60 2015
102 St. Lucia 4.57 2007
103 Ukraine 4.49 2014
104 Dominica 4.39 2009
105 Hungary 4.35 2015
106 Luxembourg 4.23 2014
107 Qatar 4.07 2015
108 United Arab Emirates 3.81 2015
109 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 3.80 2015
110 Togo 3.75 2014
111 Georgia 3.72 2007
112 Poland 3.49 2014
113 Albania 3.48 2013
114 Armenia 3.45 2015
115 Greece 3.43 2014
116 Latvia 3.39 2015
117 Costa Rica 3.25 2015
118 São Tomé and Principe 3.20 2015
119 Samoa 3.18 2015
120 Australia 3.14 2015
121 Russia 3.14 2015
122 Liechtenstein 3.06 2014
123 Saudi Arabia 3.04 2015
124 Mexico 2.94 2014
125 India 2.90 2013
126 Libya 2.90 1978
127 Croatia 2.86 2015
128 Nicaragua 2.83 2010
129 Cabo Verde 2.82 2015
130 Israel 2.76 2015
131 Ecuador 2.74 2016
132 Malta 2.70 2015
133 Slovenia 2.69 2014
134 Nepal 2.53 2016
135 Cyprus 2.49 2015
136 Peru 2.48 2015
137 Bahrain 2.46 2015
138 Fiji 2.31 2015
139 Iraq 2.28 2007
140 Malaysia 2.16 2015
141 Grenada 2.06 2015
142 Mongolia 2.05 2015
143 Oman 1.92 2015
144 Kuwait 1.90 2014
145 Portugal 1.86 2015
146 Uzbekistan 1.81 2016
147 Sri Lanka 1.79 2014
148 Algeria 1.79 2008
149 Tajikistan 1.78 2016
150 Ireland 1.72 2014
151 Kyrgyz Republic 1.59 2015
152 Netherlands 1.57 2015
153 Kiribati 1.50 1989
154 Denmark 1.49 2015
155 Egypt 1.45 2014
156 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1.31 2015
157 Lithuania 1.06 2015
158 Korea 1.06 2015
159 Tunisia 1.03 2009
160 Morocco 0.97 2014
161 Trinidad and Tobago 0.94 2010
162 Italy 0.93 2015
163 Serbia 0.89 2015
164 Belgium 0.79 2015
165 Iran 0.78 2007
166 France 0.76 2014
167 New Zealand 0.67 2015
168 Spain 0.65 2015
169 Switzerland 0.60 2015
170 Finland 0.59 2015
171 Sierra Leone 0.57 2015
172 Cameroon 0.44 2015
173 Kazakhstan 0.43 2016
174 Sweden 0.41 2015
175 Iceland 0.40 2013
176 Belize 0.31 2015
177 Canada 0.28 1999
178 Benin 0.14 2011
179 United Kingdom 0.13 2012
180 Argentina 0.13 2014
181 Norway 0.09 2015
182 Japan 0.05 2014

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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.