Gross enrolment ratio

Gross Enrolment Ratio

Gross enrolment ratio

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The gross enrollment ratio (GER) or gross enrollment index (GEI) is a statistical measure used in the education sector and by the UN in its Education Index. The GER gives a rough indication of the level of education from kindergarten to postgraduate education – known in the UK and some other countries (mostly in the Commonwealth of Nations) as primary, secondary, and/or tertiary – amongst residents in a given jurisdiction.

In the UN, the GER is calculated by expressing the number of students enrolled in primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, regardless of age, as a percentage of the population of official school age for the three levels.


  • Location A has 900,000 pupils enrolled in education in the academic year 2005/06.
  • Location A has 1,000,000 pupils of school age.

GER = number of actual students enrolled / number of potential students enrolled
= <math>frac=</math>

= <math> 0.90 * 100% = 90%</math>

UN Human Development Index use

A combined gross enrolment ratio (CGER), incorporating all three levels of education, is used to calculate the Human Development Index , an annual gauge of well-being for UN member states. Amongst other measures used in the calculation, the CGER is given one-third weight in assessing the knowledge component, represented by gross enrolment, while the adult literacy rate is assigned two-thirds...
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