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Education > School life expectancy > Total: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

School life expectancy is influenced by factors such as the economy and the cost of education.

Keeping a child in school may be too much of a strain on a poor family’s budget, especially if fees are charged. Even if schooling is free, people may opt to work because they don’t want to or can’t do without the money they earn by working.

If education is an investment, the benefits have to outweigh the costs. If a high school graduate earns significantly more than a person with only an elementary school education, staying in school makes economic sense. If the extra earnings are negligible, it may not.

Some countries offer free university education, which increases the likelihood of people continuing their education after high school, since it will not be a financial burden. In Finland, where there are no post-secondary tuition fees, 65 percent of high school graduates go on to a university or polytechnic institute. http://www.scandinavica.com/culture/education/best.htm

DEFINITION: School life expectancy and transition from primary to secondary for school years 1998/99 and 1999/00, published in http://www.uis.unesco.org accessed on Sept. 2002 and Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), Version 4, CD-ROM (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.4) based on data provided by UNESCO in 1999.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Norway 16.9 years 2002
2 Finland 16.7 years 2002
3 Australia 16.6 years 2002
4 United Kingdom 16.4 years 2002
5 New Zealand 16.2 years 2002
6 Sweden 16 years 2002
7 Netherlands 15.9 years 2002
=8 Belgium 15.8 years 2002
=8 Iceland 15.8 years 2002
10 Denmark 15.6 years 2002
11 France 15.4 years 2002
=12 Spain 15.3 years 2002
=12 Germany 15.3 years 2002
=14 Portugal 15.2 years 2002
=14 United States 15.2 years 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 15.16 years 2002
High income OECD countries average (profile) 15.1 years 2002
16 Switzerland 15 years 2002
17 Ireland 14.9 years 2002
18 Canada 14.8 years 2002
=19 Italy 14.7 years 2002
=19 Austria 14.7 years 2002
=21 South Korea 14.6 years 2002
=21 Israel 14.6 years 2002
Eurozone average (profile) 14.41 years 2002
23 Poland 14.4 years 2002
=24 Greece 14.3 years 2002
=24 Argentina 14.3 years 2002
=24 Japan 14.3 years 2002
European Union average (profile) 14.14 years 2002
=27 Estonia 14.1 years 2002
=27 Slovenia 14.1 years 2002
=27 South Africa 14.1 years 2002
NATO countries average (profile) 14.09 years 2002
Non-religious countries average (profile) 13.79 years 2002
30 Uruguay 13.7 years 2002
31 Hungary 13.6 years 2002
=32 Bahrain 13.5 years 2002
=32 Czech Republic 13.5 years 2002
=32 Chile 13.5 years 2002
=32 Tunisia 13.5 years 2002
=36 Brazil 13.4 years 2002
=36 Malta 13.4 years 2002
=38 Luxembourg 13.1 years 2002
=38 Qatar 13.1 years 2002
40 Lebanon 12.8 years 2002
41 Bulgaria 12.7 years 2002
=42 Barbados 12.4 years 2002
=42 Peru 12.4 years 2002
Emerging markets average (profile) 12.12 years 2002
=44 Botswana 12 years 2002
=44 Samoa 12 years 2002
=44 Cuba 12 years 2002
=44 Namibia 12 years 2002
48 Netherlands Antilles 11.8 years 2002
49 Republic of Macedonia 11.7 years 2002
=50 Swaziland 11.6 years 2002
=50 Lithuania 11.6 years 2002
=50 Romania 11.6 years 2002
=53 Malaysia 11.5 years 2002
=53 Trinidad and Tobago 11.5 years 2002
=53 Mexico 11.5 years 2002
=53 Algeria 11.5 years 2002
57 Croatia 11.4 years 2002
=58 Panama 11.3 years 2002
=58 Iran 11.3 years 2002
=60 Philippines 11.2 years 2002
=60 Latvia 11.2 years 2002
62 Georgia 11 years 2002
63 Venezuela 10.9 years 2002
=64 Thailand 10.8 years 2002
=64 Jamaica 10.8 years 2002
=64 Cyprus 10.8 years 2002
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 10.71 years 2002
67 United Arab Emirates 10.7 years 2002
=68 Azerbaijan 10.6 years 2002
=68 Togo 10.6 years 2002
70 Serbia and Montenegro 10.5 years 2002
71 Vietnam 10.4 years 2002
72 Egypt 10.3 years 2002
73 Costa Rica 10.1 years 2002
=74 Indonesia 10 years 2002
=74 Colombia 10 years 2002
=74 Paraguay 10 years 2002
=77 Bolivia 9.9 years 2002
=77 Guyana 9.9 years 2002
79 El Salvador 9.8 years 2002
80 Lesotho 9.6 years 2002
=81 Liberia 9.5 years 2002
=81 Turkey 9.5 years 2002
=81 Syria 9.5 years 2002
84 Iraq 9.1 years 2002
=85 Jordan 9 years 2002
=85 Saudi Arabia 9 years 2002
87 Oman 8.8 years 2002
=88 Kuwait 8.7 years 2002
=88 Honduras 8.7 years 2002
90 Yemen 8.5 years 2002
91 Laos 8.3 years 2002
92 Morocco 8.2 years 2002
93 Mongolia 7.7 years 2002
94 Cambodia 7.3 years 2002
=95 Benin 7 years 2002
=95 Zambia 7 years 2002
97 Madagascar 6.2 years 2002
98 Papua New Guinea 6.1 years 2002
99 Mozambique 5.4 years 2002
100 Bangladesh 5.1 years 2002
101 Tanzania 5 years 2002
102 Burundi 4.9 years 2002
103 Eritrea 4.6 years 2002
=104 Ethiopia 4.3 years 2002
=104 Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.3 years 2002
106 Chad 3.9 years 2002
107 Djibouti 3.4 years 2002
108 Burkina Faso 2.8 years 2002
109 Niger 2.3 years 2002
110 Mali 2.1 years 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > School life expectancy > Total. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/School-life-expectancy/Total

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School life expectancy is influenced by factors such as the economy and the cost of education.

Keeping a child in school may be too much of a strain on a poor family’s budget, especially if fees are charged. Even if schooling is free, people may opt to work because they don’t want to or can’t do without the money they earn by working.

If education is an investment, the benefits have to outweigh the costs. If a high school graduate earns significantly more than a person with only an elementary school education, staying in school makes economic sense. If the extra earnings are negligible, it may not.

Some countries offer free university education, which increases the likelihood of people continuing their education after high school, since it will not be a financial burden. In Finland, where there are no post-secondary tuition fees, 65 percent of high school graduates go on to a university or polytechnic institute. http://www.scandinavica.com/culture/education/best.htm

Posted on 22 Feb 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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Donovan, the graph showing the school life expectancy of various countries doesn’t tell the whole story about education, it only tells how long the citizens of that country attend schhol, on average. Other factors that may indicate the quality of a country’s education include class size, education spending, hours of instruction, public spending per student at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

A comparison of the relative quality of education in different countries could be made using mathematical, scientific, and reading literacy rates. It also helps to look at what percentage of teachers in a given country have special training, a university degree and the average number of years of teaching experience.

Posted on 27 May 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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Nasser, the Arab countries with the longest school life expectancy are Bahrain and Tunisia at 13.5 years, followed by Qatar at 13.1 years and Lebanon at 12.8 years. The lowest is Djibouti at 3.4 years. To see all the Arab countries, view the complete school life expectancy list here.

Posted on 21 Apr 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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In response to Lee:

In Australia, students have 11 years of compulsory education. Although only English is compulsory through all levels of education, all students will study from the eight KLA's (Key Learning Areas). These are English, Health (including Physical Education and Sport), Languages Other Than English ( LOTE ), Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and the Environment (includes history and geography), Technology (including Computer Studies) and The Arts ( Music, Art/Craft, Drama, Dance, Media ).



In comparative perfomance of fifteen year old students in OECD countries, Australian students ranked 5th out of 27 in Mathematical literacy, 6th out of 27 in Scientific literacy and 4th out of 27 for reading literacy.



After completion of high school, 63.3% of students will enrol in a tertiary course.

Posted on 12 Apr 2005

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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In response to Trina:

The answer to your question depends on the definition of the \"education level of the population\".
Almost all of the countries with a high number of years of schooling of adults are democracies.



Caution should be used before drawing conclusions relating democracy to education for the following reasons:




  • Many of the comparative educational statistics only include countries which are democracies.

  • Countries in which adults have a high number of years of schooling also share several other factors in common such as OECD membership and a high income level.

  • Years of education does not give any indication of educational content or achievement. All Chinese students, for example take advanced mathematics and achievement in mathematics by male and female students is approximately equal.

Posted on 12 Apr 2005

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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In response to Gee -- Singapore adults have had 7 years in school, on average and an average child born there today would expect to be in primary school for 6 years and secondary school for 7 years; however, Singapore isn\'t listed because the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the source for the data here, does not have these figures for Singapore.

Posted on 10 Mar 2005

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what is the school life expectancy in Egypt ?

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