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

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 Guinea-Bissau 64.42 2013
5 Togo 64.06 2016
6 Guinea 61.65 2018
7 Dem. Rep. Congo 61.59 2013
8 Zambia 59.76 2005
9 Uganda 59.16 2014
10 Haiti 58.92 1991
11 Dominican Republic 58.68 2007
12 Burkina Faso 57.87 2015
13 Albania 56.77 2015
14 Solomon Islands 56.29 1991
15 Tuvalu 56.22 1997
16 Lesotho 55.96 2018
17 Mauritania 55.90 2016
18 São Tomé and Principe 55.82 2014
19 Guatemala 55.60 2018
20 The Gambia 55.18 2014
21 Philippines 54.98 2009
22 Comoros 54.61 2015
23 North Macedonia 54.51 1996
24 Nepal 53.77 2015
25 Central African Republic 53.26 2010
26 Jordan 51.64 2018
27 Eswatini 50.79 2014
28 Benin 49.81 2015
29 Mozambique 49.25 2013
30 Tanzania 49.15 2014
31 Honduras 48.90 2013
32 Cambodia 48.45 2014
33 Niger 48.12 2017
34 Zimbabwe 47.77 2014
35 Madagascar 47.35 2012
36 Côte d'Ivoire 47.29 2018
37 Chad 46.70 2012
38 Iraq 46.17 1989
39 Cayman Islands 45.97 2006
40 Dominica 45.83 2015
41 El Salvador 45.61 2017
42 Burundi 45.43 2013
43 Serbia 45.34 2015
44 Palau 44.86 2001
45 Vanuatu 44.64 2017
46 Bangladesh 44.60 2012
47 Tonga 44.44 2004
48 Afghanistan 44.19 2017
49 Malawi 43.92 2016
50 Somalia 43.81 1973
51 Algeria 43.61 1980
52 Turkey 43.03 1995
53 Indonesia 42.60 2015
54 Antigua and Barbuda 41.61 2009
55 Bolivia 41.61 2014
56 Korea 41.42 1999
57 Thailand 41.11 2013
58 Lao PDR 40.64 2014
59 Nicaragua 39.81 2010
60 Mali 39.58 2016
61 Myanmar 39.33 2018
62 Trinidad and Tobago 39.18 2003
63 Libya 39.05 1977
64 Israel 38.91 2016
65 Syrian Arab Republic 38.87 2009
66 South Africa 38.75 2018
67 Liechtenstein 38.62 2011
68 Fiji 38.60 2013
69 Cabo Verde 38.09 2017
70 Morocco 37.73 2009
71 Ireland 37.32 2016
72 Samoa 37.05 2016
73 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 36.90 2018
74 Paraguay 36.44 2016
75 Kenya 36.34 2015
76 St. Lucia 35.07 2018
77 Equatorial Guinea 34.93 1998
78 San Marino 34.44 2017
79 Georgia 34.34 2012
80 Kiribati 34.33 2001
81 Jamaica 34.16 2018
82 Djibouti 34.09 2010
83 Malaysia 34.04 2018
84 Peru 33.88 2018
85 Cameroon 33.88 2013
86 Japan 33.08 2014
87 Iran 33.07 2018
88 Australia 32.99 2016
89 Bahrain 32.99 2015
90 Oman 32.95 2009
91 Colombia 32.71 2018
92 China 32.60 1999
93 Mexico 32.45 2016
94 United Kingdom 32.33 2016
95 Mongolia 32.22 2017
96 Cyprus 32.21 2015
97 Latvia 32.02 2016
98 Bhutan 31.97 2014
99 Poland 31.70 2016
100 Luxembourg 31.60 2015
101 Venezuela 31.55 2009
102 Angola 31.43 2006
103 Belize 31.38 2017
104 Grenada 31.32 2017
105 Senegal 31.32 2016
106 Pakistan 31.05 2015
107 Sierra Leone 31.02 2018
108 Congo 31.00 2010
109 United States 30.96 2014
110 Liberia 30.72 2012
111 Seychelles 30.57 2016
112 Guyana 30.56 2012
113 Papua New Guinea 30.07 1977
114 Sri Lanka 29.86 2018
115 Vietnam 29.69 2013
116 Barbados 29.61 2016
117 Argentina 29.59 2017
118 Gabon 29.24 2014
119 Cuba 29.04 2010
120 Portugal 28.96 2015
121 Switzerland 28.95 2016
122 Slovenia 28.77 2016
123 Costa Rica 28.67 2018
124 Rwanda 28.56 2018
125 India 28.40 2013
126 Iceland 27.94 2016
127 Chile 27.91 2017
128 Tunisia 27.66 2008
129 Ethiopia 27.45 2015
130 Denmark 27.21 2014
131 Greece 27.01 1991
132 Spain 26.94 2016
133 New Zealand 26.13 2016
134 Brazil 25.62 2015
135 Estonia 24.97 2016
136 Macao SAR, China 24.80 2003
137 Malta 24.27 2015
138 Sweden 24.11 2016
139 Italy 23.95 2016
140 Belgium 23.81 2016
141 Panama 23.47 2011
142 Ecuador 23.26 2015
143 Uruguay 23.12 2017
144 Eritrea 23.07 2004
145 Norway 22.84 2016
146 Mauritius 22.83 2018
147 Moldova 22.73 2017
148 Slovak Republic 22.22 2016
149 Hong Kong SAR, China 22.08 2018
150 Puerto Rico 22.00 2014
151 Singapore 21.98 2013
152 Ghana 21.70 2014
153 Ukraine 21.68 2017
154 Andorra 21.42 2018
155 St. Kitts and Nevis 21.38 2015
156 Netherlands 21.22 2016
157 France 20.74 2016
158 Finland 20.51 2016
159 Kuwait 20.42 2006
160 Bulgaria 19.70 2013
161 Brunei 19.52 2016
162 Armenia 19.37 2017
163 Lithuania 18.89 2016
164 Botswana 17.82 2009
165 Qatar 17.64 2009
166 Austria 16.60 2016
167 Nigeria 16.35 1975
168 Hungary 16.22 2016
169 Romania 13.31 2015
170 Czech Republic 13.24 2016
171 Germany 12.92 2016
172 Monaco 12.70 2016
173 Kazakhstan 0.71 2017

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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.

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 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