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

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Afghanistan 80.27 1974
2 Somalia 79.93 1980
3 Tanzania 71.75 2016
4 Niger 64.94 2017
5 Chad 60.73 2016
6 Central African Republic 55.91 2012
7 Dem. Rep. Congo 55.51 1994
8 Sudan 55.23 2011
9 Mali 52.77 2018
10 Guinea 51.20 2014
11 Guinea-Bissau 51.05 2000
12 Sierra Leone 49.03 2018
13 Senegal 47.78 2017
14 Djibouti 47.66 2015
15 Ethiopia 47.05 2015
16 Côte d'Ivoire 45.98 2018
17 Burkina Faso 43.85 2018
18 Mozambique 43.11 2015
19 Honduras 38.19 2017
20 Syrian Arab Republic 38.11 2013
21 Mauritania 37.51 2018
22 Equatorial Guinea 37.42 2001
23 Cameroon 36.72 2016
24 Eritrea 34.94 2017
25 Benin 34.41 2013
26 Burundi 32.79 2018
27 Guatemala 32.76 2018
28 The Gambia 31.34 2010
29 Jordan 30.80 2018
30 Tunisia 30.62 1985
31 The Bahamas 30.14 2016
32 Solomon Islands 29.88 2007
33 Pakistan 29.83 2018
34 Comoros 29.52 2017
35 Yemen 28.44 2016
36 Iraq 28.10 2007
37 Liberia 26.61 2015
38 Bangladesh 25.71 2010
39 Madagascar 25.14 2018
40 Lao PDR 25.02 2018
41 Myanmar 23.71 2017
42 Angola 23.61 2010
43 Tuvalu 22.79 2018
44 Togo 21.45 2017
45 Puerto Rico 21.42 2016
46 Algeria 20.83 1997
47 South Africa 19.14 2017
48 Congo 17.92 1976
49 Jamaica 17.87 2018
50 Lesotho 17.37 2016
51 Malawi 17.33 2018
52 El Salvador 17.25 2017
53 Indonesia 16.34 2018
54 Kiribati 15.77 1986
55 Ghana 15.53 2018
56 Moldova 15.00 2018
57 Suriname 14.99 2015
58 India 14.88 2013
59 Bolivia 14.52 2017
60 Papua New Guinea 14.36 2016
61 Venezuela 14.08 2017
62 Cabo Verde 13.46 2018
63 St. Kitts and Nevis 13.42 2012
64 Cambodia 13.31 2015
65 Malaysia 13.15 2017
66 Timor-Leste 12.62 2018
67 Nicaragua 12.30 2010
68 Panama 12.18 2017
69 Libya 12.09 1983
70 Bhutan 12.02 2018
71 Vietnam 11.93 2002
72 St. Lucia 11.86 2018
73 Trinidad and Tobago 11.73 2004
74 Nauru 11.46 2016
75 Thailand 11.08 2017
76 Mongolia 10.94 2008
77 Morocco 10.72 2018
78 Philippines 10.66 2017
79 Belize 10.11 2018
80 Paraguay 9.97 2012
81 São Tomé and Principe 9.59 2015
82 Turkey 8.91 2017
83 Rwanda 8.87 2018
84 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 8.28 2015
85 Armenia 8.21 2018
86 Dominican Republic 7.92 2017
87 Guyana 7.37 2012
88 North Macedonia 7.16 2005
89 Bulgaria 7.13 2016
90 Romania 6.74 2016
91 Kuwait 6.28 2015
92 Mexico 5.94 2017
93 Colombia 5.92 2018
94 Tajikistan 5.83 2011
95 Luxembourg 5.75 2017
96 Qatar 5.70 2018
97 Cuba 5.49 2018
98 Nepal 5.33 2017
99 Chile 5.05 2017
100 Brazil 4.94 2017
101 Tonga 4.92 2015
102 Bahrain 4.74 2018
103 Iran 4.74 2017
104 Liechtenstein 4.67 2016
105 Mauritius 4.57 2018
106 Slovak Republic 4.51 2017
107 Montenegro 4.39 2017
108 Egypt 4.20 2018
109 Barbados 3.83 2018
110 Ecuador 3.76 2017
111 Costa Rica 3.75 2018
112 Fiji 3.72 2012
113 Uzbekistan 3.67 2018
114 Greece 3.67 2017
115 Ukraine 3.64 2014
116 Hungary 3.55 2017
117 Vanuatu 3.40 2015
118 Saudi Arabia 3.32 2013
119 San Marino 3.28 2018
120 Poland 3.21 2017
121 Grenada 3.20 2014
122 Albania 3.06 2018
123 Seychelles 3.02 2002
124 Kyrgyz Republic 3.01 2018
125 Eswatini 2.76 2015
126 Oman 2.65 2018
127 Macao SAR, China 2.48 2018
128 United Arab Emirates 2.27 2016
129 Zimbabwe 2.26 2013
130 Dominica 2.00 2015
131 New Zealand 1.96 2017
132 Korea 1.89 2000
133 Australia 1.88 2017
134 Cyprus 1.87 2015
135 Netherlands 1.86 2017
136 Kenya 1.83 2009
137 Peru 1.77 2018
138 Serbia 1.73 2018
139 Italy 1.66 2017
140 Botswana 1.61 2003
141 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1.54 2018
142 Switzerland 1.48 2017
143 Antigua and Barbuda 1.44 2018
144 Belgium 1.38 2017
145 Sri Lanka 1.33 2017
146 Estonia 1.30 2017
147 Latvia 1.30 2017
148 France 1.28 2017
149 Croatia 1.25 2016
150 Belarus 1.06 2018
151 Norway 0.80 2017
152 Slovenia 0.77 2017
153 Uruguay 0.75 2016
154 Czech Republic 0.68 2017
155 Denmark 0.55 2017
156 Azerbaijan 0.52 2018
157 Ireland 0.49 2017
158 Iceland 0.48 2017
159 Finland 0.47 2017
160 Portugal 0.34 2017
161 Brunei 0.32 2018
162 Samoa 0.32 2014
163 Malta 0.30 2016
164 Kazakhstan 0.29 2013
165 United States 0.23 2017
166 Georgia 0.18 2018
167 Russia 0.16 2017
168 Sweden 0.16 2015
169 Austria 0.16 2017
170 Spain 0.15 2017
171 United Kingdom 0.13 2017
172 Hong Kong SAR, China 0.07 2018
173 Canada 0.07 2015
174 Singapore 0.06 2017
175 Israel 0.04 2012
176 Argentina 0.01 2017
177 Lithuania 0.01 2017

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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: 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: 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