Total net enrolment rate

Definition

Total number of students of the official age group for a given level of education who are enrolled in any level of education, expressed as a percentage of the corresponding population.

Calculation method

Divide the total number of students in the official school age range for the given level of education who are enrolled in any level of education by the population of the same age group and multiply the result by 100.

Data required

Enrolment by single years of age in all levels of education. Population of the official age group for the given level of education.

Data source

School register, school survey or census for data on enrolment by age; population census or estimates for school-age population.

Interpretation

The difference between the total NER and the adjusted NER provides a measure of the proportion of children in the official relevant school age group who are enrolled in levels of education below the one intended for their age. The difference between the total NER and the adjusted NER for primary education is due to enrolment in pre-primary education. The difference between the total NER and the adjusted NER for lower secondary education is due to enrolment in pre-primary or primary education.

Limitations

As other net rates, the total NER is affected by the use of different reference points for age for enrolment and the population.

Purpose

To measure the actual school participation of official school age population for the given level of education.

Quality standards

The total NER should be based on total enrolment of the official relevant school age group in any level of education for all types of schools and education institutions, including public, private and all other institutions that provide organized educational programmes.

Types of disaggregation

By sex.