South Korea: Education spending, percent of GDP

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 South Korea

Public spending on education, percent of GDP

 Latest value 4.80
 Year 2020
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1970 - 2020
 Average 3.59
 Min - Max 2.09 - 6.33
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 1970 to 2020. The average value for South Korea during that period was 3.59 percent with a minimum of 2.09 percent in 1975 and a maximum of 6.33 percent in 1982. The latest value from 2020 is 4.8 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 152 countries is 4.57 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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South Korea - Education spending, percent of GDP - Recent values chart

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South Korea - Education spending, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1970-2020




Definition: General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.


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 Literacy rate 98.80 2018 percent
 Female literacy rate, ages 15-24 100.00 2018 percent
 Male literacy rate, ages 15-24 99.90 2018 percent
 Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24 100.00 2018 percent
 Student teacher ratio, primary school 16.29 2017 students per teacher
 Primary school completion rate 98.48 2021 percent
 School starting age, primary school 6 2022 years
 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 0.85 2021 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 91.78 2020 percent
 Primary school enrollment 98.68 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 98.10 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 100.32 2021 percent
 Trained teachers in primary education 100.00 2021 percent
 PISA math scores 527.303 2022 index points
 PISA reading scores 515.415 2022 index points
 PISA science scores 527.822 2022 index points
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