Malawi: Primary school completion rate

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 Malawi

Primary school completion rate

 Latest value 86.57
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1974 - 2021
 Average 49.2
 Min - Max 21.29 - 86.57
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for Malawi from 1974 to 2021. The average value for Malawi during that period was 49.2 percent with a minimum of 21.29 percent in 1974 and a maximum of 86.57 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 86.57 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 118 countries is 92.48 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Malawi - Primary school completion rate - recent values

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Malawi - Primary school completion rate - historical chart - 1974-2021




The percent of all children enrolled in primary school who enter the last grade of primary school; can exceed 100% due to over-aged and under-aged children who enter primary school late/early and/or repeat grades.
Definition: Primary completion rate, or gross intake ratio to the last grade of primary education, is the number of new entrants (enrollments minus repeaters) in the last grade of primary education, regardless of age, divided by the population at the entrance age for the last grade of primary education. Data limitations preclude adjusting for students who drop out during the final year of primary education.


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