Children out of school (% of 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: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Somalia 85.55 1980
2 Afghanistan 73.23 1993
3 Dem. Rep. Congo 63.20 1999
4 Equatorial Guinea 55.30 2015
5 Eritrea 47.01 2017
6 Haiti 41.89 1997
7 Mali 40.99 2018
8 Sudan 38.30 2017
9 Nigeria 34.02 2010
10 Niger 33.51 2017
11 Central African Republic 33.44 2012
12 Djibouti 32.97 2019
13 Syrian Arab Republic 27.61 2013
14 Guinea-Bissau 27.33 2010
15 Chad 26.48 2016
16 Pakistan 24.57 2018
17 Senegal 23.54 2017
18 The Bahamas 22.32 2016
19 Guinea 21.91 2016
20 Liberia 21.36 2017
21 Puerto Rico 21.03 2016
22 Burkina Faso 20.66 2018
23 Mauritania 19.69 2018
24 Jordan 19.02 2018
25 Kenya 18.77 2012
26 Angola 18.40 2011
27 The Gambia 18.19 2018
28 Tanzania 17.65 2018
29 Honduras 17.46 2017
30 Eswatini 17.41 2017
31 Jamaica 15.65 2018
32 Yemen 15.60 2016
33 Zambia 14.90 2017
34 Comoros 14.68 2017
35 El Salvador 14.57 2017
36 Ethiopia 14.38 2015
37 Suriname 13.83 2018
38 Panama 13.22 2017
39 Tuvalu 11.84 2016
40 Botswana 11.05 2014
41 Paraguay 10.72 2012
42 Congo 10.71 2012
43 China 10.65 1997
44 Guatemala 10.63 2018
45 Bulgaria 10.25 2016
46 Romania 9.66 2016
47 Venezuela 9.61 2017
48 Cambodia 9.31 2018
49 Gabon 9.09 1997
50 Moldova 9.02 2018
51 Lao PDR 8.51 2018
52 Bolivia 8.43 2017
53 Bhutan 8.14 2018
54 Ukraine 8.01 2014
55 Vanuatu 7.85 2015
56 South Africa 7.55 2017
57 Kuwait 7.50 2017
58 Papua New Guinea 7.33 2016
59 Iraq 7.20 2007
60 Armenia 6.91 2018
61 Cabo Verde 6.45 2018
62 Burundi 6.39 2018
63 Côte d'Ivoire 6.18 2018
64 San Marino 6.11 2004
65 Mozambique 6.07 2018
66 São Tomé and Principe 6.03 2017
67 Indonesia 5.62 2018
68 Slovak Republic 5.50 2017
69 Dominican Republic 5.31 2017
70 North Macedonia 5.30 2015
71 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 5.25 2015
72 Turkey 5.12 2017
73 Bangladesh 5.01 2010
74 Cameroon 4.98 2016
75 Palau 4.75 2014
76 Solomon Islands 4.38 2018
77 Uganda 4.36 2013
78 Rwanda 4.32 2018
79 Timor-Leste 4.19 2018
80 Kiribati 3.91 2017
81 Azerbaijan 3.89 2018
82 Nicaragua 3.68 2010
83 Ghana 3.62 2018
84 Nepal 3.52 2017
85 Philippines 3.25 2017
86 Oman 3.24 2018
87 Macao SAR, China 3.00 2018
88 Seychelles 2.91 2018
89 Nauru 2.81 2016
90 Benin 2.79 2018
91 Montenegro 2.78 2017
92 Poland 2.60 2017
93 Hungary 2.57 2017
94 Albania 2.56 2018
95 Spain 2.53 2017
96 Italy 2.52 2017
97 Lesotho 2.43 2017
98 Estonia 2.43 2017
99 Hong Kong SAR, China 2.43 2018
100 Korea 2.42 2017
101 Myanmar 2.34 2017
102 Chile 2.27 2017
103 India 2.26 2013
104 Colombia 2.24 2018
105 Saudi Arabia 2.17 2013
106 Cuba 2.16 2018
107 Lebanon 2.13 1974
108 Madagascar 1.96 2018
109 Libya 1.94 1983
110 Guyana 1.79 2012
111 Togo 1.78 2018
112 Malawi 1.77 2009
113 Thailand 1.73 2009
114 Qatar 1.69 2018
115 Barbados 1.61 2018
116 Croatia 1.59 2016
117 Latvia 1.52 2017
118 St. Lucia 1.43 2018
119 Serbia 1.43 2018
120 Peru 1.42 2018
121 Cyprus 1.40 2015
122 Mauritius 1.30 2018
123 Belarus 1.30 2018
124 Samoa 1.29 2018
125 Greece 1.25 2017
126 Trinidad and Tobago 1.22 2010
127 Malta 1.22 2016
128 Tunisia 1.16 2013
129 Finland 1.15 2017
130 Ecuador 1.14 2017
131 Tonga 1.12 2015
132 St. Kitts and Nevis 1.08 2016
133 Bahrain 1.04 2018
134 Kazakhstan 0.99 2018
135 Netherlands 0.97 2017
136 New Zealand 0.96 2016
137 Dominica 0.96 2016
138 Georgia 0.79 2018
139 Brunei 0.77 2018
140 Mexico 0.73 2017
141 Uzbekistan 0.73 2018
142 Mongolia 0.72 2018
143 Sri Lanka 0.72 2017
144 Antigua and Barbuda 0.69 2018
145 Belize 0.66 2018
146 Egypt 0.65 2018
147 Portugal 0.62 2017
148 United Arab Emirates 0.60 2016
149 Germany 0.59 2017
150 Luxembourg 0.57 2017
151 Fiji 0.56 2016
152 Tajikistan 0.55 2017
153 Sierra Leone 0.51 2016
154 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 0.49 2017
155 Zimbabwe 0.49 2013
156 Argentina 0.43 2017
157 United Kingdom 0.43 2017
158 United States 0.39 2017
159 Brazil 0.39 2017
160 Malaysia 0.35 2017
161 Algeria 0.35 2018
162 Liechtenstein 0.32 2016
163 Czech Republic 0.32 2017
164 Australia 0.32 2017
165 Kyrgyz Republic 0.29 2018
166 Belgium 0.28 2017
167 Sweden 0.28 2017
168 Israel 0.25 2017
169 Iran 0.23 2017
170 Lithuania 0.23 2017
171 Morocco 0.21 2018
172 Denmark 0.20 2017
173 Grenada 0.20 2008
174 Slovenia 0.18 2017
175 Switzerland 0.15 2017
176 Russia 0.13 2017
177 Costa Rica 0.12 2018
178 Canada 0.12 2017
179 France 0.08 2017
180 Iceland 0.05 2017
181 Austria 0.05 2017
182 Norway 0.04 2017
183 Singapore 0.03 2017
184 Ireland 0.03 2017
185 Uruguay 0.00 2016
186 Vietnam 0.00 2013

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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: 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: 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