Gross intake ratio to the last grade of primary education

Definition

Total number of new entrants in the last grade of primary education, regardless of age, expressed as a percentage of the population at the theoretical entrance age to the last grade of primary education.

Calculation method

Divide the number of new entrants in the last grade of primary education, regardless of age, by the population of theoretical entrance age to the last grade of primary education, and multiply the result by 100.

Data required

New entrants in the last grade of primary education (or enrolment minus repeaters in the last grade); population of the theoretical entrance age in the last grade of primary education.

Data source

School register, school survey or census for data on new entrants; population census or estimates for population of the theoretical entrance age in the last grade of primary education.

Interpretation

A high ratio indicates a high degree of current primary education completion.

Limitations

The calculation includes all new entrants to the last grade (regardless of age). Therefore, the ratio can exceed 100%, due to over-aged and under-aged children who enter primary school late/early and/or repeat grades.

Purpose

This proxy measure of primary completion also reflects the impact of policies shaping the early grades of primary school can impact the final grade of this education level. It also indicates the capacity of the education system to provide primary completion for the theoretical entrance age population to the last grade of primary.

Quality standards

Data on population used in deriving this indicator should refer strictly to the theoretical entrance age in the last grade of primary. Care should be taken not to include repeaters in the last grade, which would inflate the ratio.

Types of disaggregation

By sex.