School enrollment, secondary (% gross) - Country Ranking

Definition: Gross enrollment ratio is the ratio of total enrollment, regardless of age, to the population of the age group that officially corresponds to the level of education shown. Secondary education completes the provision of basic education that began at the primary level, and aims at laying the foundations for lifelong learning and human development, by offering more subject- or skill-oriented instruction using more specialized teachers.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Belgium 166.81 2015
2 Finland 149.46 2015
3 Sweden 140.46 2015
4 Australia 137.56 2014
5 Netherlands 135.47 2015
6 Denmark 130.82 2015
7 Spain 129.81 2015
8 Thailand 129.00 2015
9 United Kingdom 127.81 2014
10 Ireland 127.48 2015
11 Costa Rica 123.09 2015
12 Latvia 119.49 2015
13 Portugal 119.14 2015
14 Iceland 118.56 2013
15 New Zealand 116.59 2015
16 Liechtenstein 116.12 2015
17 Estonia 115.18 2015
18 Norway 112.99 2015
19 Kazakhstan 112.01 2016
20 Slovenia 110.67 2014
21 France 110.64 2014
22 Canada 109.93 2013
23 Barbados 109.25 2014
24 Saudi Arabia 108.29 2014
25 Lithuania 108.26 2015
26 Poland 108.10 2014
27 Ecuador 107.22 2016
28 Belarus 107.12 2015
29 Argentina 106.78 2014
30 Greece 106.50 2014
31 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 106.44 2015
32 Czech Republic 105.56 2015
33 Hungary 105.20 2015
34 Russia 104.48 2015
35 Oman 104.23 2015
36 Georgia 103.68 2015
37 Italy 102.90 2015
38 Antigua and Barbuda 102.71 2015
39 Germany 102.67 2015
40 Turkey 102.49 2015
41 Israel 102.48 2015
42 Luxembourg 102.26 2014
43 Bahrain 102.13 2015
44 Japan 101.75 2014
45 Libya 101.56 2006
46 Switzerland 101.21 2015
47 Hong Kong SAR, China 100.84 2015
48 Chile 100.65 2015
49 Dominica 100.49 2015
50 Cuba 100.40 2015
51 Austria 100.02 2015
52 Algeria 99.86 2011
53 Cyprus 99.78 2015
54 Sri Lanka 99.72 2013
55 Brazil 99.65 2015
56 Ukraine 99.24 2014
57 Grenada 99.18 2015
58 Bulgaria 99.02 2015
59 Korea 98.88 2015
60 South Africa 98.82 2014
61 Croatia 98.22 2015
62 Colombia 98.09 2015
63 United States 97.56 2014
64 Serbia 96.67 2015
65 Macao SAR, China 96.48 2015
66 Brunei 96.08 2015
67 Uzbekistan 95.92 2016
68 Albania 95.77 2015
69 Palau 95.75 2016
70 Peru 95.74 2015
71 Mauritius 95.70 2015
72 Uruguay 95.07 2014
73 Kuwait 94.97 2015
74 Malta 94.80 2015
75 San Marino 94.65 2012
76 China 94.30 2015
77 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 93.40 2015
78 Cabo Verde 92.90 2015
79 The Bahamas 92.63 2010
80 Slovak Republic 92.47 2015
81 Romania 92.25 2015
82 Kyrgyz Republic 92.05 2015
83 Mongolia 91.46 2015
84 Qatar 91.17 2015
85 Mexico 90.55 2014
86 St. Kitts and Nevis 90.39 2015
87 Montenegro 90.34 2015
88 Tonga 90.10 2014
89 Venezuela 89.66 2015
90 Guyana 89.34 2012
91 Iran 89.17 2015
92 Fiji 88.67 2012
93 Armenia 88.50 2015
94 Philippines 88.39 2013
95 Tunisia 88.20 2015
96 Tajikistan 87.89 2013
97 Kiribati 87.14 2008
98 Bolivia 86.41 2015
99 São Tomé and Principe 86.19 2016
100 Tuvalu 86.16 2015
101 Moldova 86.11 2015
102 Egypt 86.10 2014
103 Indonesia 85.84 2015
104 Trinidad and Tobago 85.51 2004
105 Turkmenistan 85.34 2014
106 St. Lucia 85.14 2015
107 Samoa 84.96 2015
108 Bhutan 84.20 2014
109 Nauru 82.64 2014
110 Jordan 82.45 2014
111 Jamaica 82.11 2015
112 Seychelles 81.60 2015
113 Puerto Rico 81.29 2014
114 Suriname 81.14 2015
115 United Arab Emirates 80.96 1998
116 Belize 80.79 2015
117 El Salvador 79.43 2015
118 Macedonia 79.29 2015
119 Dominican Republic 77.82 2015
120 Malaysia 77.57 2015
121 Botswana 76.86 2008
122 Timor-Leste 76.76 2015
123 Paraguay 76.57 2012
124 Panama 75.56 2014
125 Nicaragua 74.19 2010
126 India 73.97 2015
127 Azerbaijan 72.37 1997
128 Honduras 70.78 2015
129 Nepal 69.57 2016
130 Morocco 69.06 2012
131 Swaziland 66.03 2014
132 Guatemala 65.63 2015
133 Namibia 64.84 2007
134 Bangladesh 63.52 2015
135 Ghana 62.11 2016
136 Lao PDR 61.70 2015
137 Lebanon 61.21 2015
138 Kenya 60.43 2009
139 Comoros 60.35 2014
140 Cameroon 58.08 2015
141 Vietnam 57.84 1998
142 The Gambia 57.45 2010
143 Benin 56.81 2015
144 Nigeria 55.70 2013
145 Afghanistan 55.64 2015
146 Vanuatu 54.82 2015
147 Togo 54.71 2011
148 Congo 54.54 2012
149 Lesotho 53.77 2015
150 Iraq 53.46 2007
151 Gabon 53.30 2002
152 Myanmar 51.30 2014
153 Syrian Arab Republic 50.49 2013
154 Senegal 49.65 2015
155 Andorra 49.39 1983
156 Yemen 48.62 2013
157 Solomon Islands 48.44 2012
158 Djibouti 48.27 2016
159 Zimbabwe 47.57 2013
160 Cambodia 45.05 2008
161 Pakistan 44.53 2015
162 Côte d'Ivoire 43.87 2015
163 Dem. Rep. Congo 43.51 2014
164 Malawi 43.40 2015
165 Sierra Leone 43.25 2015
166 Sudan 42.70 2013
167 Burundi 42.48 2015
168 Mali 41.31 2015
169 Papua New Guinea 40.35 2012
170 Guinea 38.82 2014
171 Madagascar 38.43 2014
172 Liberia 37.30 2015
173 Rwanda 36.69 2015
174 Ethiopia 35.17 2015
175 Burkina Faso 33.67 2015
176 Guinea-Bissau 32.64 2006
177 Mozambique 32.43 2015
178 Tanzania 32.26 2013
179 Mauritania 30.60 2015
180 Eritrea 30.55 2015
181 Angola 28.90 2011
182 Equatorial Guinea 27.37 2005
183 Uganda 23.24 2015
184 Chad 22.40 2012
185 Niger 20.75 2015
186 Zambia 19.69 1994
187 Haiti 17.52 1986
188 Central African Republic 17.38 2012
189 Somalia 7.35 2007

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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: Gross enrollment ratio for secondary school is calculated by dividing the number of students enrolled in secondary education regardless of age by the population of the age group which officially corresponds to secondary 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