• Home
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Data dissemination
  • Statistics by area
  • Statistical tables
  • Statistics by country
  • Publications
Last update: Jan 2012

Secondary school participation

 

Global improvements in primary school participation have expanded the focus in education to improving access to both primary and secondary education. Currently, globally 60 per cent of secondary-school-age children go to secondary school, yet only 29 per cent of secondary-school-age children in least developed countries participate. Challenges to secondary school participation are greatest in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Secondary school enrolment is extremely low in developing countries
Secondary school net enrolment/attendance ratio

      


Notes: Secondary net enrolment or attendance ratio. Secondary net enrolment data prioritized. Secondary net attendance data from surveys were used when secondary net enrolment data were not available. This map is stylized and not to scale. It does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory of the delimitation of any frontiers. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.
Sources: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, global databases, 2011, based on administrative data, 2009 or latest available. UNICEF global databases, 2011, based on Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health surveys (DHS) and other national household surveys, 20052010.  


Gender parity has not been reached at the secondary level. Girls lag behind boys in countries where enrolment is relatively low, such as in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. However, in Latin America and the Caribbean and parts of Asia girls are more likely than boys to be enrolled in secondary school.

 

Gender parity has not been reached at the secondary level
Gender parity index of secondary gross enrolment/attendance ratio

          


Notes: Gender parity (GPI great/equal to 0.97, but less than/equal to 1.03). Close to gender parity (0.95-0.96; 1.04-1.05). Girls less likely to be enrolled (GPI<0.94). Boys less likely to be enrolled (GPI>1.05). Gender parity index of secondary gross enrolment or attendance ratio. Secondary gross enrolment ratio data prioritized. Gross attendance data from surveys used when enrolment data were not available. This map is stylized and not to scale. It does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory of the delimitation of any frontiers. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.
Sources: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, global databases, 2011, based on administrative data, 2009 or latest available. UNICEF global databases, 2011, based on MICS, DHS and other national household surveys, 20052010.

 

Reference

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (IUS), Global Education Digest: Comparing education statistics across the world, UIS, Montreal 2011.