School enrollment, secondary (% net) - Country Ranking - Asia

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 Japan 99.04 2014
2 Israel 98.83 2015
3 Kazakhstan 97.59 2016
4 Korea 96.61 2015
5 Georgia 95.28 2015
6 Oman 94.33 2015
7 Uzbekistan 93.02 2016
8 Bahrain 91.07 2015
9 Armenia 89.10 2009
10 Hong Kong SAR, China 88.08 2015
11 Saudi Arabia 87.83 2014
12 Turkey 86.35 2015
13 Sri Lanka 85.43 2011
14 Brunei 84.77 2015
15 Kuwait 84.74 2015
16 Tajikistan 83.22 2011
17 Thailand 82.62 2015
18 Mongolia 81.88 2006
19 Kyrgyz Republic 81.39 2015
20 Jordan 81.38 2014
21 Macao SAR, China 79.34 2015
22 Qatar 77.94 2015
23 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 76.20 2015
24 Indonesia 75.52 2015
25 Iran 72.70 2015
26 Malaysia 68.54 2015
27 Philippines 67.44 2013
28 Lebanon 64.84 2012
29 Bhutan 62.84 2014
30 India 61.76 2013
31 Bangladesh 57.24 2015
32 Timor-Leste 55.83 2015
33 Nepal 54.43 2016
34 Lao PDR 54.30 2015
35 Afghanistan 48.88 2015
36 Myanmar 48.26 2014
37 Syrian Arab Republic 46.62 2013
38 Iraq 44.78 2007
39 Pakistan 43.96 2015
40 Yemen 41.72 2012
41 Cambodia 38.19 2008

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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