Adolescents out of school (% of lower secondary school age) - Country Ranking

Definition: Adolescents out of school are the percentage of lower secondary school age adolescents who are not enrolled in 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 79.36 1980
2 Niger 68.33 2015
3 Chad 66.66 2003
4 Eritrea 61.30 2015
5 Djibouti 57.27 2008
6 Dem. Rep. Congo 55.77 1994
7 Central African Republic 55.40 2012
8 Guinea-Bissau 53.49 2000
9 Guinea 51.54 2014
10 Senegal 48.29 2013
11 Pakistan 46.86 2015
12 Ethiopia 46.72 2015
13 Mali 45.50 2015
14 Mozambique 44.77 2015
15 Myanmar 44.11 2014
16 Burkina Faso 42.16 2015
17 Syrian Arab Republic 41.27 2013
18 Mauritania 40.33 2015
19 Togo 39.47 2007
20 Madagascar 38.45 2003
21 Yemen 37.41 2012
22 Sudan 36.94 2012
23 Cameroon 36.23 2015
24 Benin 35.73 2015
25 Burundi 35.17 2015
26 Palau 34.96 2016
27 Afghanistan 34.03 2015
28 Tunisia 30.54 1985
29 Equatorial Guinea 30.06 2001
30 Solomon Islands 29.87 2007
31 Iraq 28.52 2007
32 Comoros 27.50 2013
33 Guatemala 26.82 2015
34 Honduras 26.10 2015
35 Lebanon 23.77 2012
36 Lesotho 23.09 2015
37 The Gambia 22.25 2010
38 Algeria 21.32 1997
39 Bangladesh 20.57 2015
40 Lao PDR 19.83 2015
41 Malawi 17.37 2015
42 Angola 17.20 2010
43 Congo 17.04 1976
44 Jamaica 16.58 2015
45 Bhutan 16.21 2014
46 Jordan 16.01 2013
47 Kiribati 15.82 1986
48 Indonesia 15.75 2015
49 Morocco 15.31 2012
50 India 14.77 2013
51 Moldova 14.63 2015
52 Puerto Rico 14.44 2014
53 Mexico 13.93 2012
54 Cambodia 13.62 2015
55 Macao SAR, China 12.87 2015
56 Vietnam 12.59 2002
57 Nauru 12.57 2014
58 Swaziland 12.46 2014
59 Malaysia 12.20 2015
60 Nicaragua 11.82 2010
61 Trinidad and Tobago 11.73 2004
62 St. Kitts and Nevis 11.62 2015
63 Nepal 11.55 2016
64 Suriname 11.45 2015
65 United Arab Emirates 11.42 1998
66 Guyana 11.40 2011
67 Libya 11.29 1983
68 Panama 11.26 2012
69 Belize 11.06 2015
70 Tuvalu 10.93 2015
71 Mongolia 10.91 2008
72 Timor-Leste 10.34 2015
73 Peru 9.95 2015
74 Azerbaijan 9.79 2015
75 Venezuela 9.61 2015
76 St. Lucia 9.47 2015
77 Cabo Verde 9.36 2015
78 The Bahamas 9.32 2010
79 Paraguay 9.20 2012
80 Bolivia 9.15 2015
81 Ghana 9.08 2016
82 Romania 8.55 2015
83 South Africa 8.32 2005
84 Zimbabwe 8.18 2013
85 Costa Rica 8.06 2015
86 Thailand 7.43 2015
87 Namibia 7.16 2007
88 Saudi Arabia 7.03 2013
89 Qatar 6.86 2015
90 Mauritius 6.78 2015
91 Armenia 6.75 2007
92 Botswana 6.23 2003
93 Kyrgyz Republic 6.15 2015
94 Egypt 5.89 2014
95 Turkey 5.80 2014
96 Brazil 5.71 2015
97 Antigua and Barbuda 5.62 2015
98 Sri Lanka 5.62 2013
99 Tajikistan 5.61 2011
100 São Tomé and Principe 5.54 2015
101 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5.51 2010
102 Uruguay 5.38 2014
103 Colombia 5.31 2015
104 Kuwait 5.05 2015
105 Luxembourg 4.76 2014
106 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 4.69 2015
107 Chile 4.67 2015
108 Bulgaria 4.52 2015
109 Philippines 4.43 2013
110 Liechtenstein 4.33 2015
111 Dominican Republic 4.17 2015
112 Poland 4.00 2014
113 Fiji 3.98 2012
114 Tonga 3.74 2014
115 Oman 3.61 2013
116 Macedonia 3.54 2005
117 Seychelles 3.08 2002
118 Greece 2.68 2014
119 Samoa 2.67 2015
120 Uzbekistan 2.51 2016
121 Austria 2.48 1976
122 Bahrain 2.44 2015
123 Iceland 2.43 2013
124 El Salvador 2.39 2015
125 Brunei 2.31 2014
126 Iran 2.22 2015
127 Grenada 2.19 2015
128 Hungary 1.92 2015
129 Cyprus 1.87 2015
130 Denmark 1.87 2015
131 Hong Kong SAR, China 1.81 2015
132 New Zealand 1.80 2015
133 Cuba 1.55 2015
134 United Kingdom 1.51 2014
135 Croatia 1.46 2015
136 Albania 1.28 2015
137 Barbados 1.27 2014
138 Ecuador 1.26 2016
139 Slovenia 1.25 2014
140 Georgia 0.99 2014
141 Malta 0.94 2015
142 United States 0.93 2014
143 Portugal 0.87 2015
144 Estonia 0.85 2013
145 Vanuatu 0.83 2015
146 Dominica 0.75 2015
147 Kenya 0.72 2006
148 Korea 0.71 2015
149 Finland 0.66 2015
150 Canada 0.61 1994
151 Belgium 0.53 2015
152 Ireland 0.52 2009
153 Ukraine 0.44 2014
154 Argentina 0.43 2014
155 Latvia 0.42 2013
156 Italy 0.37 2015
157 Netherlands 0.32 2015
158 Kazakhstan 0.31 2013
159 Switzerland 0.29 2015
160 Norway 0.25 2015
161 Israel 0.22 2014
162 Australia 0.20 2015
163 Sweden 0.15 2015
164 Lithuania 0.09 2015
165 Japan 0.08 2014
166 France 0.06 2014
167 Spain 0.06 2015
168 Serbia 0.05 2015
169 Belarus 0.04 2015

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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 adolescents allows to compare across countries with different population sizes. It shows the share of official lower secondary age adolescents who never attended school or dropped out to the population of official lower secondary 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