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Education Statistics

Data on education such as schools, enrolment, educational outcomes and finances, are compiled by the Ministry of Education.

Education Profile and Key Educational Indicators

The education composition of the population is commonly associated with its highest qualification attained.

Data on the highest qualification attained of the population are collected through household surveys. These statistics pertain to residents who were not attending educational institutions as full-time students, and include those who were upgrading their qualifications through part-time courses.

Other key educational indicators, namely mean years of schooling and literacy rate, are also compiled annually for the resident population. These indicators are commonly used internationally as an indication of the educational development of the population.

Data

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Key Indicators
Item Unit Latest Period Latest Data % Change
(Y‑o‑Y) 1/
Previous
Period Data
% Change
(Y‑o‑Y) 2/
Education, Language Spoken and Literacy 3/            

Literacy Rate (among residents aged 15 yrs & over)

% 2020 97.1 na 97.5 na
Males % 2020 98.5 na 98.9 na
Females % 2020 95.8 na 96.1 na

% with Post-Secondary Qualifications (among residents aged 25 years & over) 4/

% 2020 58.3 na 57.3 na
Males % 2020 61.8 na 61.3 na
Females % 2020 55.1 na 53.6 na
Item Unit Latest Period Latest Data % Change
(Y‑o‑Y) 1/
Previous
Period Data
% Change
(Y‑o‑Y) 2/

Mean Years of Schooling (among residents aged 25 years & over) 4/

Years
2020  11.3  na 11.2  na
Males Years
2020  11.7  na 11.6  na
Females Years
2020  10.9  na 10.8  na
Annual Output - University Graduates 5/ Number   2019 19,173 0.9 18,997 2.5
Annual Output - Polytechnic Graduates 6/ Number
2019 23,798 -1.8 24,239 -6.1

Literacy

Title : Indicators On Education And Literacy, Annual

Per Cent

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Literacy Rate (15 Years & Over) * Refers to resident population aged 15 years and over. Prior to 1980, the rates are based on total population aged 15 years and over. Data for 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2015 and 2020 are from the Population Censuses/General Household Survey.

96.6
96.7
96.8
97
97.2
97.3
97.5
97.1

Literacy Rate (15 Years & Over) - Males * Refers to resident population aged 15 years and over. Prior to 1980, the rates are based on total population aged 15 years and over. Data for 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2015 and 2020 are from the Population Censuses/General Household Survey.

98.5
98.6
98.6
98.7
98.8
98.9
98.9
98.5

Literacy Rate (15 Years & Over) - Females * Refers to resident population aged 15 years and over. Prior to 1980, the rates are based on total population aged 15 years and over. Data for 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2015 and 2020 are from the Population Censuses/General Household Survey.

94.7
94.9
95.2
95.4
95.7
95.9
96.1
95.8
SOURCE : SINGAPORE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

Highest Qualification Attained

Title : Singapore Residents Aged 25 Years & Over By Highest Qualification Attained, Sex And Age Group, Annual

Number

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Total

2,669,100
2,732,600
2,750,900
2,795,200
2,846,000
2,877,000
2,922,700
2,977,800

25 - 29 Years

223,700
231,700
232,800
253,000
242,300
251,800
252,300
268,900

30 - 34 Years

274,600
276,900
269,900
268,200
262,300
263,800
273,200
296,000

35 - 39 Years

297,500
287,900
300,200
288,900
305,700
303,400
296,900
297,800

40 - 44 Years

310,300
305,100
315,300
304,000
320,000
313,100
304,500
298,100

45 - 49 Years

315,100
298,600
301,500
301,100
313,700
313,200
323,000
311,500

50 - 54 Years

318,900
318,300
319,400
321,700
307,800
316,600
311,900
294,200

55 - 59 Years

280,200
296,400
296,700
299,500
285,000
299,000
316,100
306,300

60 - 64 Years

229,400
246,200
248,200
261,400
261,700
274,800
266,200
286,000

65 Years & Over

419,500
471,500
467,000
497,300
547,500
541,400
578,600
619,000

Total - Below Secondary

833,300
832,100
800,000
819,300
813,800
761,500
745,700
757,800

25 - 29 Years

10,000
10,000
9,400
9,500
7,600
8,700
8,100
7,800

30 - 34 Years

13,900
14,000
13,400
12,500
11,100
10,700
10,500
11,500

35 - 39 Years

27,200
21,300
20,000
20,500
18,700
17,000
15,700
16,300

40 - 44 Years

42,600
39,700
35,800
32,400
32,400
28,200
24,400
22,700

45 - 49 Years

78,800
62,300
59,400
55,100
47,600
43,300
39,800
38,000

50 - 54 Years

109,500
102,300
99,700
101,800
90,700
82,200
69,900
61,100

55 - 59 Years

121,900
124,900
118,900
116,400
106,100
100,400
105,300
101,500

60 - 64 Years

119,300
122,800
118,200
128,600
126,800
124,600
110,400
117,100

65 Years & Over

310,100
334,700
325,300
342,500
372,900
346,400
361,500
381,900

Total- Secondary

501,200
502,500
519,200
500,400
488,800
511,200
503,700
484,300

25 - 29 Years

23,300
21,500
19,600
20,300
18,300
20,600
17,700
15,900

30 - 34 Years

32,800
27,700
28,100
25,500
23,900
24,200
22,900
20,800

35 - 39 Years

38,500
34,500
38,900
32,700
35,500
31,900
32,100
28,800

40 - 44 Years

57,700
51,200
54,600
49,800
46,000
41,200
38,000
34,100

45 - 49 Years

76,200
66,400
68,000
63,000
61,800
61,400
54,700
49,400

50 - 54 Years

87,600
88,000
85,500
82,000
74,000
78,000
73,900
64,500

55 - 59 Years

71,700
81,600
83,500
83,600
76,900
83,100
85,500
79,000

60 - 64 Years

56,200
63,700
68,500
65,700
64,900
71,900
73,600
77,200

65 Years & Over

57,200
68,000
72,600
78,000
87,600
98,900
105,300
114,800

Total - Post Secondary (Non-Tertiary)

232,400
238,000
250,500
249,800
253,500
260,700
265,900
296,900

25 - 29 Years

23,200
23,300
25,200
26,200
24,400
24,700
22,800
29,000

30 - 34 Years

22,000
23,700
22,000
23,100
23,500
22,900
24,500
29,000

35 - 39 Years

22,200
22,200
26,000
21,800
22,700
24,300
22,500
27,200

40 - 44 Years

34,400
31,400
32,400
28,600
28,300
25,700
23,600
25,700

45 - 49 Years

31,800
30,800
34,100
34,100
33,800
33,700
36,600
35,900

50 - 54 Years

33,800
34,800
33,900
32,000
32,600
34,800
35,100
35,700

55 - 59 Years

28,400
29,100
29,800
32,500
29,300
33,400
32,400
34,500

60 - 64 Years

17,400
19,200
22,500
24,800
26,900
26,600
27,600
32,000

65 Years & Over

19,200
23,500
24,600
26,700
32,100
34,800
40,900
47,800

Total - Diploma & Professional Qualification

372,600
401,800
405,500
411,500
415,900
434,900
461,200
456,800

25 - 29 Years

55,500
59,100
59,700
62,600
61,200
61,400
62,800
66,000

30 - 34 Years

63,100
66,300
62,300
58,700
55,400
56,900
59,500
63,300

35 - 39 Years

66,200
66,700
66,500
65,700
67,700
68,200
65,600
64,400

40 - 44 Years

55,900
59,500
62,500
63,200
66,600
68,900
67,000
65,800

45 - 49 Years

44,500
48,100
50,700
49,900
56,100
56,500
62,800
60,000

50 - 54 Years

33,400
36,700
39,000
41,000
39,200
42,400
48,000
46,200

55 - 59 Years

23,700
26,700
27,800
28,300
28,800
33,400
39,000
32,900

60 - 64 Years

15,500
17,800
17,000
19,700
18,000
20,900
24,800
25,900

65 Years & Over

14,900
20,900
20,000
22,400
23,000
26,300
31,700
32,200

Total - University

729,700
758,100
775,800
814,200
874,000
908,700
946,200
982,000

25 - 29 Years

111,800
117,800
118,900
134,400
130,800
136,300
140,800
150,200

30 - 34 Years

142,900
145,100
144,100
148,400
148,500
149,100
155,800
171,400

35 - 39 Years

143,400
143,200
148,900
148,100
161,200
162,000
161,000
161,100

40 - 44 Years

119,700
123,300
130,100
130,000
146,900
149,200
151,500
149,900

45 - 49 Years

83,800
91,000
89,400
99,000
114,400
118,400
129,100
128,100

50 - 54 Years

54,600
56,500
61,300
65,000
71,400
79,200
85,100
86,700

55 - 59 Years

34,400
34,100
36,600
38,600
43,900
48,700
53,900
58,400

60 - 64 Years

21,000
22,700
22,000
22,600
25,100
30,900
29,800
33,900

65 Years & Over

18,200
24,500
24,500
27,900
31,900
35,000
39,200
42,300

Total Males

1,277,800
1,309,900
1,316,000
1,334,500
1,363,300
1,376,600
1,394,900
1,412,900

25 - 29 Years

105,600
113,100
111,100
122,300
118,400
121,600
126,500
128,700

30 - 34 Years

128,800
129,300
126,800
125,900
122,400
124,800
129,500
140,200

35 - 39 Years

141,400
139,200
140,500
138,200
144,300
141,800
137,000
139,200

40 - 44 Years

147,500
146,800
151,300
143,800
154,800
151,500
141,200
139,000

45 - 49 Years

155,500
144,500
146,500
144,600
151,000
151,100
156,400
150,800

50 - 54 Years

156,600
155,600
159,300
158,600
153,600
156,900
151,400
143,500

55 - 59 Years

138,700
146,700
148,800
148,300
142,700
150,000
154,300
149,700

60 - 64 Years

115,400
122,900
123,400
130,200
128,400
133,400
135,200
138,900

65 Years & Over

188,200
211,900
208,300
222,600
247,700
245,400
263,300
282,900

Total Males - Below Secondary

360,600
363,400
345,100
349,400
349,000
320,000
319,200
324,400

25 - 29 Years

4,100
5,600
4,400
4,400
3,300
3,900
4,100
3,900

30 - 34 Years

6,000
4,900
5,700
4,700
4,300
3,400
4,400
4,800

35 - 39 Years

11,200
8,800
8,000
8,000
7,100
6,300
6,200
6,000

40 - 44 Years

17,000
16,600
15,200
11,800
13,200
11,900
8,300
8,800

45 - 49 Years

36,100
27,300
26,900
23,200
19,500
16,300
17,100
15,500

50 - 54 Years

51,900
49,300
47,600
49,700
43,800
38,400
32,500
27,800

55 - 59 Years

57,300
61,400
57,800
54,100
53,300
47,700
51,200
48,700

60 - 64 Years

53,100
55,400
53,500
59,200
57,300
56,200
54,300
55,800

65 Years & Over

124,100
133,900
125,900
134,400
147,100
136,000
141,200
153,000

Total Males - Secondary

220,700
217,000
227,400
218,600
216,900
225,500
220,900
215,000

25 - 29 Years

11,700
10,400
9,000
9,900
8,900
10,600
9,700
8,500

30 - 34 Years

15,000
12,900
11,700
11,200
10,600
10,700
10,900
9,800

35 - 39 Years

16,300
14,500
16,000
14,200
15,700
14,700
14,700
13,500

40 - 44 Years

23,000
20,800
22,700
19,200
18,200
17,400
15,600
15,500

45 - 49 Years

30,600
25,200
27,600
25,200
26,400
25,600
23,000
21,600

50 - 54 Years

38,200
34,700
35,500
33,100
30,800
29,900
27,200
26,400

55 - 59 Years

29,700
34,300
36,000
37,200
32,600
37,300
35,100
32,500

60 - 64 Years

26,000
29,600
30,700
29,700
28,500
30,500
32,400
32,900

65 Years & Over

30,300
34,600
38,300
38,900
45,300
48,900
52,400
54,300

Total Males - Post Secondary (Non-Tertiary)

127,700
130,200
137,300
139,300
135,400
143,100
143,600
158,100

25 - 29 Years

13,900
14,900
16,200
16,900
16,100
14,600
14,400
18,100

30 - 34 Years

13,100
13,300
12,200
14,500
13,700
12,600
13,600
17,700

35 - 39 Years

11,800
12,200
14,200
12,400
11,600
14,300
12,100
15,300

40 - 44 Years

17,200
16,200
16,100
15,200
14,400
13,800
12,400
13,900

45 - 49 Years

17,200
15,700
16,200
16,700
16,500
17,200
19,000
18,400

50 - 54 Years

17,000
18,600
17,900
16,800
16,100
18,500
17,200
17,300

55 - 59 Years

15,400
14,000
16,100
16,900
13,700
17,100
16,100
16,300

60 - 64 Years

10,500
11,800
13,900
14,200
15,100
15,200
14,900
15,000

65 Years & Over

11,500
13,600
14,500
15,700
18,200
19,900
23,900
26,000

Total Males - Diploma & Professional Qualification

189,200
203,600
205,300
211,800
208,500
219,500
235,500
230,000

25 - 29 Years

28,000
31,500
29,700
33,700
31,500
32,200
34,800
34,900

30 - 34 Years

30,900
31,200
29,900
27,200
26,800
28,100
28,800
31,100

35 - 39 Years

31,000
31,100
31,200
32,100
33,300
30,900
31,300
30,900

40 - 44 Years

25,000
26,800
28,000
29,700
31,100
32,700
31,500
29,500

45 - 49 Years

21,700
23,700
25,600
24,400
25,700
26,900
29,600
27,800

50 - 54 Years

17,700
20,400
20,500
21,800
20,300
22,100
23,800
22,800

55 - 59 Years

14,500
15,700
16,100
16,400
14,800
17,300
21,200
17,300

60 - 64 Years

11,000
10,700
11,200
12,000
10,900
12,600
14,500
15,000

65 Years & Over

9,200
12,600
13,100
14,500
14,300
16,600
20,100
20,600

Total Males - University

379,700
395,700
401,000
415,500
453,400
468,400
475,700
485,400

25 - 29 Years

47,900
50,700
51,800
57,500
58,600
60,300
63,500
63,300

30 - 34 Years

63,800
66,900
67,300
68,300
67,000
70,100
71,900
76,800

35 - 39 Years

71,200
72,600
71,100
71,500
76,600
75,700
72,700
73,500

40 - 44 Years

65,300
66,400
69,400
67,900
77,900
75,700
73,500
71,200

45 - 49 Years

50,100
52,700
50,200
55,200
63,000
65,200
67,800
67,400

50 - 54 Years

31,800
32,500
37,800
37,300
42,600
48,000
50,700
49,100

55 - 59 Years

21,800
21,200
22,800
23,700
28,300
30,600
30,900
34,900

60 - 64 Years

14,700
15,400
14,100
15,100
16,700
18,900
19,100
20,200

65 Years & Over

13,200
17,200
16,600
19,000
22,700
24,100
25,600
29,000

Total Females

1,391,400
1,422,700
1,434,900
1,460,600
1,482,600
1,500,500
1,527,800
1,564,900

25 - 29 Years

118,100
118,600
121,700
130,700
124,000
130,100
125,700
140,200

30 - 34 Years

145,700
147,600
143,100
142,300
140,000
138,900
143,700
155,800

35 - 39 Years

156,100
148,700
159,700
150,700
161,400
161,600
160,000
158,600

40 - 44 Years

162,800
158,300
164,100
160,300
165,200
161,600
163,300
159,100

45 - 49 Years

159,600
154,000
154,900
156,500
162,600
162,100
166,600
160,700

50 - 54 Years

162,300
162,800
160,100
163,100
154,100
159,700
160,500
150,800

55 - 59 Years

141,500
149,800
147,900
151,200
142,200
148,900
161,800
156,600

60 - 64 Years

114,000
123,300
124,800
131,200
133,300
141,400
131,000
147,100

65 Years & Over

231,300
259,600
258,700
274,700
299,800
296,000
315,300
336,100

Total Females - Below Secondary

472,700
468,700
454,900
469,900
464,700
441,500
426,500
433,400

25 - 29 Years

5,900
4,400
4,900
5,100
4,200
4,800
4,000
3,900

30 - 34 Years

7,900
9,200
7,700
7,800
6,800
7,300
6,200
6,600

35 - 39 Years

16,100
12,600
12,000
12,600
11,600
10,700
9,500
10,300

40 - 44 Years

25,700
23,100
20,600
20,700
19,100
16,300
16,200
13,800

45 - 49 Years

42,700
35,000
32,500
31,900
28,100
27,000
22,700
22,500

50 - 54 Years

57,600
53,000
52,100
52,100
46,800
43,800
37,400
33,400

55 - 59 Years

64,600
63,500
61,100
62,300
52,800
52,700
54,100
52,800

60 - 64 Years

66,200
67,300
64,600
69,400
69,400
68,400
56,100
61,300

65 Years & Over

186,000
200,700
199,400
208,000
225,800
210,500
220,400
228,900

Total Females - Secondary

280,600
285,500
291,800
281,800
271,900
285,600
282,800
269,300

25 - 29 Years

11,600
11,100
10,600
10,400
9,400
10,000
8,000
7,400

30 - 34 Years

17,800
14,800
16,500
14,300
13,200
13,500
12,000
11,000

35 - 39 Years

22,200
20,000
22,900
18,500
19,700
17,200
17,400
15,300

40 - 44 Years

34,800
30,500
31,900
30,600
27,700
23,700
22,400
18,500

45 - 49 Years

45,700
41,100
40,300
37,800
35,400
35,900
31,800
27,800

50 - 54 Years

49,400
53,300
50,000
48,900
43,200
48,100
46,700
38,000

55 - 59 Years

42,000
47,200
47,500
46,400
44,300
45,800
50,500
46,400

60 - 64 Years

30,200
34,100
37,800
36,000
36,500
41,400
41,100
44,300

65 Years & Over

27,000
33,400
34,300
39,000
42,300
50,000
52,800
60,500

Total Females - Post Secondary (Non-Tertiary)

104,700
107,800
113,200
110,600
118,200
117,600
122,400
138,800

25 - 29 Years

9,300
8,400
9,000
9,400
8,400
10,100
8,400
10,900

30 - 34 Years

8,800
10,300
9,800
8,600
9,800
10,300
10,900
11,300

35 - 39 Years

10,400
10,000
11,700
9,400
11,100
10,000
10,400
11,900

40 - 44 Years

17,200
15,200
16,300
13,400
13,900
11,900
11,200
11,800

45 - 49 Years

14,600
15,200
17,900
17,400
17,300
16,500
17,600
17,500

50 - 54 Years

16,800
16,200
16,000
15,200
16,500
16,200
17,800
18,400

55 - 59 Years

13,000
15,100
13,700
15,600
15,500
16,200
16,300
18,200

60 - 64 Years

6,900
7,500
8,600
10,600
11,900
11,400
12,700
17,000

65 Years & Over

7,600
9,900
10,100
11,000
13,900
14,900
17,000
21,700

Total Females - Diploma & Professional Qualification

183,400
198,200
200,200
199,700
207,300
215,400
225,700
226,700

25 - 29 Years

27,400
27,600
30,000
28,900
29,700
29,200
28,000
31,000

30 - 34 Years

32,100
35,100
32,400
31,500
28,600
28,700
30,700
32,200

35 - 39 Years

35,200
35,600
35,300
33,600
34,400
37,300
34,300
33,500

40 - 44 Years

30,800
32,700
34,500
33,600
35,500
36,200
35,500
36,300

45 - 49 Years

22,800
24,400
25,100
25,500
30,400
29,600
33,200
32,200

50 - 54 Years

15,700
16,400
18,400
19,200
18,900
20,300
24,200
23,400

55 - 59 Years

9,200
11,000
11,700
11,900
14,000
16,100
17,800
15,600

60 - 64 Years

4,500
7,100
5,800
7,700
7,100
8,200
10,400
10,800

65 Years & Over

5,600
8,300
6,900
7,800
8,600
9,700
11,600
11,600

Total Females - University

350,000
362,400
374,800
398,700
420,500
440,400
470,500
496,600

25 - 29 Years

63,900
67,100
67,200
76,900
72,200
76,000
77,400
86,900

30 - 34 Years

79,100
78,200
76,800
80,200
81,500
79,000
83,800
94,600

35 - 39 Years

72,200
70,500
77,700
76,600
84,600
86,300
88,300
87,600

40 - 44 Years

54,400
56,900
60,800
62,100
68,900
73,500
78,000
78,600

45 - 49 Years

33,800
38,300
39,100
43,800
51,400
53,200
61,200
60,700

50 - 54 Years

22,800
23,900
23,600
27,800
28,700
31,300
34,400
37,600

55 - 59 Years

12,700
12,900
13,900
14,900
15,600
18,100
23,000
23,600

60 - 64 Years

6,200
7,300
7,900
7,600
8,400
12,000
10,700
13,700

65 Years & Over

5,000
7,200
8,000
8,900
9,200
10,900
13,600
13,300
SOURCE : SINGAPORE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

Mean Years of Schooling

Title : Mean Years Of Schooling, Annual

Years

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Mean Years Of Schooling (25 Years & Over)

10.5
10.6
10.7
10.7
10.9
11.1
11.2
11.3

Mean Years Of Schooling (25 Years & Over) - Males

11
11.1
11.2
11.2
11.3
11.6
11.6
11.7

Mean Years Of Schooling (25 Years & Over) - Females

10
10.1
10.3
10.3
10.4
10.6
10.8
10.9
SOURCE : SINGAPORE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

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