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: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Belgium 158.54 2017
2 Finland 153.96 2017
3 Sweden 152.86 2017
4 Australia 150.31 2017
5 Netherlands 135.58 2017
6 Costa Rica 132.82 2018
7 Denmark 129.08 2017
8 Spain 126.00 2017
9 United Kingdom 125.85 2017
10 Ireland 125.31 2017
11 Uruguay 120.22 2017
12 Portugal 119.91 2017
13 Saudi Arabia 117.84 2014
14 Estonia 117.52 2017
15 Iceland 117.52 2017
16 Norway 116.87 2017
17 Thailand 116.73 2017
18 Palau 116.49 2014
19 Liechtenstein 116.03 2016
20 Slovenia 115.60 2017
21 New Zealand 114.59 2017
22 Grenada 114.46 2017
23 Kazakhstan 114.24 2018
24 Canada 113.76 2017
25 Antigua and Barbuda 111.20 2018
26 Latvia 110.72 2017
27 Poland 109.93 2017
28 Argentina 108.73 2017
29 Lithuania 108.40 2017
30 Singapore 107.57 2017
31 Hong Kong SAR, China 107.49 2018
32 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 107.23 2018
33 St. Kitts and Nevis 106.91 2016
34 Oman 106.67 2018
35 Peru 106.45 2018
36 Turkey 105.99 2017
37 Georgia 105.98 2018
38 Qatar 105.47 2010
39 Israel 105.08 2017
40 United Arab Emirates 104.95 2017
41 South Africa 104.70 2017
42 Greece 104.50 2017
43 Mexico 104.39 2017
44 France 103.76 2017
45 Barbados 103.70 2018
46 Luxembourg 103.66 2017
47 Czech Republic 103.49 2017
48 Hungary 103.49 2017
49 Russia 103.38 2017
50 Switzerland 102.49 2017
51 Belarus 102.44 2018
52 Ecuador 102.20 2017
53 Chile 101.83 2017
54 Italy 101.27 2017
55 Cuba 101.14 2018
56 Macao SAR, China 101.04 2018
57 Tonga 100.86 2015
58 Brazil 100.83 2017
59 Austria 100.46 2017
60 Korea 100.34 2017
61 Cyprus 99.78 2015
62 Bulgaria 99.68 2016
63 Algeria 99.61 2011
64 United States 98.95 2017
65 Croatia 98.87 2016
66 Bahrain 98.60 2018
67 Germany 98.41 2017
68 Sri Lanka 98.03 2017
69 Libya 97.90 2006
70 Kuwait 97.83 2015
71 Guyana 97.73 2012
72 Colombia 97.51 2018
73 Ukraine 96.00 2014
74 Malta 95.81 2016
75 Albania 95.43 2018
76 Mauritius 95.10 2018
77 Serbia 95.09 2018
78 Kyrgyz Republic 95.05 2018
79 Azerbaijan 94.48 2018
80 Dominica 94.25 2015
81 Brunei 93.48 2018
82 Uzbekistan 93.34 2017
83 Samoa 93.26 2016
84 Tunisia 92.87 2016
85 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 92.78 2015
86 Mongolia 91.52 2010
87 Romania 91.14 2016
88 Slovak Republic 91.07 2017
89 Bolivia 90.40 2017
90 Bhutan 90.09 2018
91 Montenegro 89.92 2017
92 Fiji 89.88 2012
93 St. Lucia 89.36 2018
94 São Tomé and Principe 89.34 2017
95 Indonesia 88.91 2018
96 Tajikistan 88.50 2013
97 China 88.17 2010
98 Cabo Verde 88.16 2018
99 Venezuela 88.08 2017
100 Egypt 87.91 2018
101 Kiribati 86.97 2008
102 Moldova 86.91 2018
103 Iran 86.31 2017
104 Philippines 86.16 2017
105 Turkmenistan 85.82 2014
106 Trinidad and Tobago 85.51 2004
107 Belize 85.37 2018
108 Timor-Leste 83.62 2018
109 Armenia 83.15 2018
110 Nauru 82.74 2016
111 Eswatini 82.41 2016
112 Jamaica 82.29 2018
113 Suriname 82.26 2018
114 Malaysia 81.99 2018
115 North Macedonia 81.89 2015
116 Puerto Rico 81.88 2016
117 Seychelles 81.45 2018
118 Morocco 80.23 2018
119 Botswana 79.92 2008
120 Dominican Republic 79.74 2017
121 Panama 76.14 2017
122 Paraguay 75.91 2012
123 Nepal 74.08 2017
124 India 73.48 2017
125 Nicaragua 73.43 2010
126 The Bahamas 73.40 2016
127 Bangladesh 72.69 2018
128 El Salvador 71.50 2017
129 Ghana 71.32 2018
130 San Marino 67.86 2018
131 Lao PDR 67.36 2018
132 Tuvalu 66.73 2018
133 Myanmar 64.28 2017
134 Jordan 63.12 2018
135 Lesotho 62.01 2017
136 Togo 61.85 2017
137 Lebanon 61.20 1985
138 Cameroon 60.06 2016
139 Benin 59.04 2016
140 Vietnam 58.26 1998
141 Kenya 56.76 2009
142 Comoros 55.51 2017
143 Vanuatu 54.20 2015
144 Iraq 53.92 2007
145 Afghanistan 53.80 2017
146 Gabon 53.09 2002
147 Guatemala 52.72 2018
148 Congo 52.59 2012
149 Syrian Arab Republic 52.53 2013
150 Zimbabwe 52.41 2013
151 Honduras 52.18 2017
152 Djibouti 51.97 2019
153 Yemen 51.58 2016
154 Côte d'Ivoire 51.03 2018
155 Angola 50.67 2016
156 The Gambia 50.13 2010
157 Andorra 49.44 1983
158 Burundi 48.47 2018
159 Solomon Islands 48.32 2012
160 Papua New Guinea 47.50 2016
161 Eritrea 47.49 2017
162 Sudan 46.62 2017
163 Dem. Rep. Congo 46.17 2015
164 Cambodia 45.22 2008
165 Senegal 43.70 2018
166 Pakistan 42.78 2018
167 Nigeria 42.00 2016
168 Sierra Leone 41.80 2017
169 Mali 41.03 2018
170 Rwanda 40.90 2018
171 Burkina Faso 40.71 2018
172 Malawi 40.28 2018
173 Guinea 39.33 2014
174 Liberia 37.90 2015
175 Mauritania 36.83 2018
176 Madagascar 36.53 2018
177 Mozambique 35.41 2017
178 Ethiopia 34.94 2015
179 Guinea-Bissau 34.16 2006
180 Tanzania 29.44 2018
181 Equatorial Guinea 26.07 2005
182 Uganda 24.64 2007
183 Niger 24.25 2017
184 Chad 22.56 2016
185 Zambia 19.93 1994
186 Haiti 17.92 1986
187 Central African Republic 17.14 2017
188 Somalia 5.93 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: 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: 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