Singapore: Literacy rate

* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
 Singapore

Literacy rate

 Latest value 97.13
 Year 2020
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1980 - 2020
 Average 94.95
 Min - Max 82.91 - 97.48
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for Singapore from 1980 to 2020. The average value for Singapore during that period was 94.95 percent with a minimum of 82.91 percent in 1980 and a maximum of 97.48 percent in 2019. The latest value from 2020 is 97.13 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 27 countries is 87.55 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Singapore - Literacy rate - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Singapore - Literacy rate - historical chart - 1980-2020




Definition: Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

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 Male literacy rate, ages 15-24 99.67 2020 percent
 Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24 99.73 2020 percent
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 Primary school completion rate 100.56 2021 percent
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 Female to male ratio, primary school pupils 1.00 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 0.99 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 1.10 2021 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 96.07 2020 percent
 Primary school enrollment 99.87 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 103.04 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 97.10 2021 percent
 Trained teachers in primary education 98.01 2021 percent
 PISA math scores 574.664 2022 index points
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