Pakistan - Children out of school, primary

The value for Children out of school, primary in Pakistan was 5,974,052 as of 2018. As the graph below shows, over the past 16 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 9,135,943 in 2002 and a minimum value of 5,974,052 in 2018.

Definition: Children out of school are the number of primary-school-age children not enrolled in primary or secondary school.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (

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Year Value
2002 9,135,943
2003 8,982,285
2004 7,522,515
2005 7,020,466
2006 8,397,869
2007 7,610,816
2008 7,657,486
2009 7,607,285
2010 7,542,350
2011 8,244,086
2012 8,409,718
2013 7,428,900
2014 6,581,788
2015 7,547,177
2016 6,568,531
2017 6,630,159
2018 5,974,052

Development Relevance: Large numbers of children out of school create pressure to enroll children and provide classrooms, teachers, and educational materials, a task made difficult in many countries by limited education budgets. However, getting children into school is a high priority for countries and crucial for achieving universal primary education.

Limitations and Exceptions: Due to different data sources for enrollment and population data, the number may not capture the actual number of children not attending in primary school.

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 (

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The number of out-of-school children is calculated by subtracting the number of primary school-age children enrolled in primary or secondary school from the total population of the official primary school-age children. 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: Sum

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Education Indicators

Sub-Topic: Participation