Expenditure on primary education (% of government expenditure on education) - Country Ranking

Definition: Expenditure on primary education is expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on education. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.

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 Lebanon 80.93 1996
2 Nauru 67.49 2002
3 Timor-Leste 64.89 2014
4 Togo 64.47 2015
5 Guinea-Bissau 64.42 2013
6 Dem. Rep. Congo 61.59 2013
7 Zambia 59.76 2005
8 Uganda 59.16 2014
9 Haiti 58.92 1991
10 Dominican Republic 58.68 2007
11 Burkina Faso 57.87 2015
12 Bhutan 56.98 2015
13 Afghanistan 56.70 2015
14 Solomon Islands 56.29 1991
15 Tuvalu 56.22 1997
16 São Tomé and Principe 55.82 2014
17 Philippines 54.98 2009
18 Albania 54.80 1994
19 Comoros 54.61 2015
20 Macedonia 54.51 1996
21 Nepal 53.77 2015
22 Central African Republic 53.26 2010
23 Niger 52.19 2014
24 The Gambia 51.81 2013
25 Swaziland 50.79 2014
26 Guatemala 49.92 2015
27 Benin 49.81 2015
28 Mozambique 49.25 2013
29 Tanzania 49.15 2014
30 Honduras 48.90 2013
31 Cambodia 48.45 2014
32 Zimbabwe 47.77 2014
33 United Arab Emirates 47.51 1997
34 Madagascar 47.35 2012
35 Dominica 47.25 1998
36 Chad 46.70 2012
37 Iraq 46.17 1989
38 Cayman Islands 45.97 2006
39 Samoa 45.79 2002
40 Burundi 45.43 2013
41 Serbia 45.26 2011
42 Palau 44.86 2001
43 Tonga 44.44 2004
44 Malawi 43.95 2015
45 Somalia 43.81 1973
46 Algeria 43.61 1980
47 Bangladesh 43.50 2016
48 Mauritania 43.21 2013
49 Mali 43.19 2014
50 Sierra Leone 43.09 2014
51 Indonesia 42.60 2015
52 Jordan 41.67 1999
53 Antigua and Barbuda 41.61 2009
54 Bolivia 41.61 2014
55 Côte d'Ivoire 41.41 2015
56 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 41.38 2010
57 Vanuatu 41.30 2015
58 Myanmar 41.23 1995
59 Thailand 41.11 2013
60 El Salvador 40.64 2015
61 Lao PDR 40.64 2014
62 Namibia 40.01 2010
63 Nicaragua 39.81 2010
64 Trinidad and Tobago 39.18 2003
65 Libya 39.05 1977
66 Guinea 38.91 2014
67 Syrian Arab Republic 38.87 2009
68 South Africa 38.80 2014
69 Liechtenstein 38.62 2011
70 Fiji 38.60 2013
71 Cabo Verde 38.40 2013
72 Paraguay 38.25 2012
73 Israel 38.10 2014
74 Belize 37.84 2014
75 Morocco 37.73 2009
76 Barbados 36.86 2008
77 Costa Rica 36.84 2015
78 Colombia 36.72 2015
79 Jamaica 36.68 2015
80 Peru 36.49 2015
81 Grenada 36.38 2003
82 Kenya 36.34 2015
83 Ireland 36.25 2013
84 Lesotho 35.99 2008
85 Equatorial Guinea 34.93 1998
86 Senegal 34.86 2014
87 Rwanda 34.61 2016
88 Georgia 34.34 2012
89 Kiribati 34.33 2001
90 St. Lucia 34.18 2015
91 Djibouti 34.09 2010
92 Cameroon 33.88 2013
93 San Marino 33.32 2011
94 Malaysia 33.20 2015
95 Japan 33.08 2014
96 Bahrain 32.99 2015
97 Oman 32.95 2009
98 Sri Lanka 32.83 2016
99 Cyprus 32.82 2014
100 Mexico 32.76 2014
101 Mongolia 32.74 2011
102 Australia 32.63 2014
103 China 32.60 1999
104 United Kingdom 32.17 2015
105 Korea 31.55 2015
106 Venezuela 31.55 2009
107 Angola 31.43 2006
108 Poland 31.41 2014
109 Pakistan 31.05 2015
110 Congo 31.00 2010
111 Luxembourg 30.84 2014
112 Liberia 30.72 2012
113 Guyana 30.56 2012
114 Papua New Guinea 30.07 1977
115 Argentina 30.06 2014
116 Latvia 30.05 2014
117 Portugal 29.89 2014
118 Vietnam 29.69 2013
119 Switzerland 29.58 2014
120 Gabon 29.24 2014
121 Cuba 29.04 2010
122 United States 28.70 2014
123 Iceland 28.60 2013
124 India 28.40 2013
125 Slovenia 27.93 2013
126 Uruguay 27.88 2011
127 Tunisia 27.66 2008
128 Brazil 27.41 2013
129 Greece 27.01 1991
130 Iran 26.75 2015
131 Spain 26.33 2014
132 Chile 25.61 2015
133 Denmark 24.87 2013
134 Macao SAR, China 24.80 2003
135 Estonia 24.61 2014
136 Italy 24.49 2014
137 Ethiopia 24.05 2013
138 Seychelles 23.96 2011
139 Panama 23.47 2011
140 Ecuador 23.26 2015
141 Belgium 23.25 2014
142 New Zealand 23.24 2015
143 Eritrea 23.07 2004
144 Sweden 22.78 2014
145 Moldova 22.70 2014
146 Norway 22.69 2013
147 Netherlands 22.46 2014
148 Andorra 22.08 2015
149 Singapore 21.98 2013
150 Ghana 21.70 2014
151 Puerto Rico 21.64 2013
152 St. Kitts and Nevis 21.38 2015
153 Hong Kong SAR, China 20.94 2015
154 France 20.69 2013
155 Mauritius 20.62 2015
156 Turkey 20.50 2013
157 Kuwait 20.42 2006
158 Malta 20.24 2013
159 Bulgaria 19.70 2013
160 Brunei 19.52 2016
161 Armenia 19.36 2015
162 Finland 19.11 2014
163 Slovak Republic 19.05 2014
164 Ukraine 18.03 2014
165 Botswana 17.82 2009
166 Czech Republic 17.76 2013
167 Qatar 17.64 2009
168 Nigeria 16.35 1975
169 Austria 16.30 2014
170 Monaco 15.99 2014
171 Lithuania 15.25 2013
172 Romania 13.72 2014
173 Germany 12.79 2014
174 Hungary 12.53 2014
175 Canada 0.00 2015

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Development Relevance: The share of government expenditure for a specific education level allows an assessment of the priority a government assigns to a level of education relative to other levels. Enrolment and the relative costs per student between different levels of education should be also taken into account.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data disaggregated by level of education are estimates in some instances. It is often difficult to separate lower from upper secondary education expenditure, or pre-primary from primary.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The share of expenditure on primary education to total government expenditure on education is calculated by dividing government expenditure on primary education by total government expenditure on education (all levels combined), and multiplying by 100. Aggregate data are based on World Bank estimates. 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. 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: Median

Periodicity: Annual