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: 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 85.00 1980
2 Afghanistan 71.35 1993
3 Dem. Rep. Congo 64.63 1999
4 Liberia 62.39 2015
5 Eritrea 60.86 2015
6 Sudan 45.25 2012
7 Equatorial Guinea 43.20 2015
8 Haiti 42.66 1997
9 Djibouti 42.63 2015
10 Mali 39.27 2015
11 Niger 36.72 2015
12 Nigeria 34.33 2010
13 Guinea-Bissau 30.77 2010
14 Burkina Faso 30.34 2015
15 Solomon Islands 29.45 2015
16 Central African Republic 29.16 2012
17 Syrian Arab Republic 29.13 2013
18 Senegal 27.01 2015
19 Pakistan 26.15 2015
20 The Gambia 24.03 2016
21 Madagascar 22.57 2003
22 Guinea 21.98 2014
23 Chad 20.88 2013
24 Côte d'Ivoire 20.75 2015
25 Swaziland 20.26 2014
26 Mauritania 20.10 2015
27 Tanzania 19.91 2014
28 Palau 19.70 2016
29 St. Kitts and Nevis 19.61 2015
30 Lesotho 19.27 2015
31 Comoros 18.70 2014
32 Lebanon 16.48 2015
33 Angola 15.99 2011
34 Puerto Rico 15.12 2014
35 Guyana 14.97 2012
36 Yemen 14.67 2013
37 Ethiopia 13.83 2015
38 Kenya 13.79 2012
39 Zimbabwe 13.70 2013
40 Nauru 13.37 2014
41 Vanuatu 13.30 2015
42 Papua New Guinea 12.84 2012
43 Ghana 12.05 2016
44 Guatemala 11.95 2015
45 South Africa 11.70 2005
46 Dominican Republic 11.25 2015
47 Bhutan 11.02 2014
48 Zambia 10.96 2013
49 Mozambique 10.87 2015
50 Paraguay 10.80 2012
51 Jordan 10.68 2013
52 Bolivia 10.11 2015
53 Moldova 10.05 2015
54 Romania 9.86 2015
55 Antigua and Barbuda 9.75 2015
56 Indonesia 9.43 2015
57 Namibia 9.34 2013
58 Thailand 9.19 2015
59 China 9.09 1996
60 Macedonia 8.94 2015
61 Gabon 8.77 1997
62 Botswana 8.64 2013
63 Barbados 8.51 2014
64 El Salvador 7.88 2015
65 Cuba 7.75 2015
66 Iraq 7.69 2007
67 Venezuela 7.61 2015
68 Lao PDR 7.29 2015
69 Congo 7.15 2012
70 San Marino 6.94 2012
71 Colombia 6.83 2015
72 Jamaica 6.78 2004
73 Panama 6.60 2014
74 Honduras 6.41 2015
75 Montenegro 6.31 2015
76 Uganda 6.20 2013
77 St. Lucia 5.88 2007
78 Turkey 5.76 2015
79 Azerbaijan 5.74 2015
80 Chile 5.64 2015
81 Austria 5.55 1989
82 United States 5.54 2015
83 Uruguay 5.49 2014
84 Myanmar 5.47 2014
85 Burundi 5.39 2015
86 Suriname 5.34 2015
87 Brazil 5.23 2015
88 Cambodia 5.07 2015
89 Bangladesh 5.07 2010
90 Bulgaria 5.06 2015
91 Estonia 5.06 2015
92 Rwanda 4.90 2015
93 Cameroon 4.89 2015
94 Macao SAR, China 4.79 2015
95 Seychelles 4.52 2015
96 Belarus 4.35 2015
97 São Tomé and Principe 4.30 2015
98 Hungary 4.29 2015
99 Benin 4.13 2014
100 Albania 4.08 2014
101 United Arab Emirates 4.04 2015
102 Luxembourg 4.02 2014
103 Greece 3.72 2014
104 Mauritius 3.71 2015
105 Armenia 3.58 2015
106 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 3.55 2015
107 Ukraine 3.48 2014
108 Poland 3.47 2014
109 Qatar 3.43 2015
110 Costa Rica 3.38 2015
111 Philippines 3.25 2013
112 Latvia 3.25 2015
113 Kiribati 3.12 2015
114 Timor-Leste 2.98 2015
115 Nepal 2.89 2016
116 Uzbekistan 2.87 2016
117 Australia 2.84 2015
118 Dominica 2.82 2009
119 Cabo Verde 2.73 2015
120 Mongolia 2.69 2015
121 Samoa 2.64 2015
122 Togo 2.54 2015
123 Russia 2.50 2015
124 Israel 2.44 2015
125 Mexico 2.40 2014
126 Saudi Arabia 2.31 2015
127 India 2.26 2013
128 Grenada 2.24 2015
129 The Bahamas 2.19 2010
130 Slovenia 2.18 2014
131 Cyprus 2.17 2015
132 Peru 2.11 2015
133 Kyrgyz Republic 2.07 2015
134 Portugal 2.03 2015
135 Bahrain 2.00 2015
136 Fiji 1.97 2015
137 Oman 1.96 2015
138 Libya 1.94 1983
139 Malawi 1.94 2009
140 Malaysia 1.91 2015
141 Vietnam 1.89 2013
142 Ecuador 1.81 2016
143 Tuvalu 1.67 2015
144 Croatia 1.63 2015
145 Nicaragua 1.59 2010
146 Malta 1.51 2015
147 Netherlands 1.36 2015
148 Denmark 1.33 2015
149 Tonga 1.32 2014
150 Kuwait 1.30 2014
151 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1.27 2015
152 Trinidad and Tobago 1.27 2010
153 Korea 1.24 2015
154 Brunei 1.20 1995
155 Algeria 1.19 2015
156 Tajikistan 1.11 2016
157 Italy 1.10 2015
158 Morocco 1.08 2014
159 Egypt 1.06 2014
160 Sri Lanka 0.92 2015
161 Iceland 0.88 2013
162 New Zealand 0.85 2015
163 Ireland 0.80 2015
164 Serbia 0.79 2015
165 Belize 0.78 2015
166 Iran 0.75 2015
167 Belgium 0.73 2015
168 Georgia 0.64 2011
169 Sierra Leone 0.62 2015
170 Lithuania 0.61 2015
171 France 0.56 2014
172 Canada 0.54 2013
173 Spain 0.50 2015
174 Tunisia 0.39 2013
175 Switzerland 0.38 2015
176 Sweden 0.37 2015
177 Finland 0.36 2015
178 Argentina 0.33 2014
179 Kazakhstan 0.26 2016
180 Norway 0.22 2015
181 Germany 0.20 2015
182 Liechtenstein 0.19 2015
183 United Kingdom 0.15 2014
184 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.