School enrollment, secondary (% net) - Country Ranking

Definition: Net enrollment rate is the ratio of children of official school age who are enrolled in school to the population of the corresponding official school age. 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 Sweden 99.66 2015
2 Ireland 99.57 2012
3 France 99.44 2014
4 Barbados 99.43 2014
5 Belarus 99.25 2015
6 Japan 99.04 2014
7 Israel 98.83 2015
8 United Kingdom 98.28 2014
9 Latvia 98.25 2015
10 Lithuania 98.03 2015
11 Kazakhstan 97.59 2016
12 Estonia 97.32 2015
13 New Zealand 96.85 2015
14 Korea 96.61 2015
15 Spain 96.37 2015
16 Italy 96.16 2015
17 Norway 95.47 2015
18 Belgium 95.30 2015
19 Georgia 95.28 2015
20 Greece 95.07 2014
21 Slovenia 94.95 2014
22 Finland 94.91 2015
23 Cyprus 94.63 2015
24 Oman 94.33 2015
25 Netherlands 93.88 2015
26 Portugal 93.87 2015
27 Serbia 93.78 2015
28 Uzbekistan 93.02 2016
29 Poland 92.55 2014
30 Croatia 91.83 2015
31 Liechtenstein 91.54 2015
32 Bahrain 91.07 2015
33 Hungary 91.01 2015
34 United States 90.46 2014
35 Denmark 89.79 2015
36 Armenia 89.10 2009
37 Malta 88.79 2015
38 Ukraine 88.57 2014
39 Bulgaria 88.32 2015
40 Argentina 88.25 2014
41 Hong Kong SAR, China 88.08 2015
42 Chile 87.97 2015
43 Saudi Arabia 87.83 2014
44 Iceland 87.68 2013
45 Australia 87.57 2014
46 Ecuador 87.16 2016
47 Turkey 86.35 2015
48 Dominica 86.32 2015
49 Albania 85.91 2015
50 Cuba 85.70 2015
51 Sri Lanka 85.43 2011
52 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 85.19 2010
53 Switzerland 84.92 2015
54 Grenada 84.79 2015
55 Brunei 84.77 2015
56 Kuwait 84.74 2015
57 Luxembourg 84.60 2014
58 Romania 83.93 2015
59 Mauritius 83.88 2015
60 Fiji 83.38 2012
61 Tajikistan 83.22 2011
62 The Bahamas 82.69 2010
63 Thailand 82.62 2015
64 Guyana 82.48 2011
65 St. Kitts and Nevis 82.44 2015
66 Macedonia 82.18 2005
67 Mongolia 81.88 2006
68 Egypt 81.86 2014
69 Antigua and Barbuda 81.61 2015
70 Kyrgyz Republic 81.39 2015
71 Jordan 81.38 2014
72 Brazil 81.35 2015
73 Macao SAR, China 79.34 2015
74 Costa Rica 79.30 2015
75 Seychelles 78.35 2015
76 Colombia 78.29 2015
77 Qatar 77.94 2015
78 Panama 77.83 2012
79 St. Lucia 77.71 2015
80 Peru 77.68 2015
81 Bolivia 77.58 2015
82 Samoa 77.25 2015
83 Moldova 76.40 2015
84 Uruguay 76.35 2014
85 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 76.20 2015
86 Indonesia 75.52 2015
87 Tonga 75.43 2014
88 Puerto Rico 75.37 2014
89 Venezuela 73.44 2015
90 Jamaica 72.94 2015
91 Iran 72.70 2015
92 Trinidad and Tobago 72.65 2004
93 Tuvalu 72.53 2015
94 Nauru 71.95 2014
95 Cabo Verde 70.36 2015
96 Palau 70.16 2016
97 Belize 69.51 2015
98 Kiribati 69.14 2005
99 El Salvador 68.70 2015
100 Malaysia 68.54 2015
101 Philippines 67.44 2013
102 Mexico 67.41 2012
103 South Africa 67.31 2005
104 São Tomé and Principe 67.16 2015
105 Paraguay 66.46 2012
106 Dominican Republic 66.00 2015
107 Lebanon 64.84 2012
108 Bhutan 62.84 2014
109 India 61.76 2013
110 Suriname 60.53 2015
111 Bangladesh 57.24 2015
112 Morocco 56.14 2012
113 Timor-Leste 55.83 2015
114 Botswana 55.50 2003
115 Nepal 54.43 2016
116 Lao PDR 54.30 2015
117 Ghana 54.23 2016
118 Namibia 51.30 2007
119 Kenya 50.49 2009
120 Vanuatu 49.50 2015
121 Honduras 49.43 2015
122 Nicaragua 48.92 2010
123 Afghanistan 48.88 2015
124 Myanmar 48.26 2014
125 Guatemala 48.19 2015
126 Syrian Arab Republic 46.62 2013
127 Benin 44.97 2015
128 Iraq 44.78 2007
129 Cameroon 44.29 2015
130 Zimbabwe 44.24 2013
131 Pakistan 43.96 2015
132 Comoros 43.93 2013
133 Yemen 41.72 2012
134 Cambodia 38.19 2008
135 Lesotho 37.10 2015
136 Malawi 36.66 2015
137 Swaziland 36.21 2014
138 Guinea 31.79 2014
139 Madagascar 31.08 2014
140 Mali 31.06 2015
141 Ethiopia 31.02 2015
142 Solomon Islands 30.99 2007
143 Burundi 27.68 2015
144 Rwanda 27.24 2015
145 Burkina Faso 26.49 2015
146 Djibouti 25.38 2008
147 Eritrea 25.22 2015
148 Mauritania 24.33 2015
149 Togo 23.53 2000
150 Uganda 22.22 2008
151 Equatorial Guinea 21.38 2005
152 Senegal 20.43 2006
153 Mozambique 18.63 2015
154 Niger 17.18 2015
155 Central African Republic 13.60 2012
156 Angola 12.38 2010
157 Chad 10.54 2003
158 Guinea-Bissau 8.13 2000

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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: Net enrollment rate for secondary school is calculated by dividing the number of students of official school age enrolled in secondary education 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