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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 on the highest qualification attained, mean years of schooling and literacy rate are compiled by the Department of Statistics.

Education Statistics

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

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)

% 2021 97.6 na 97.1 na
Males % 2021 98.9 na 98.5 na
Females % 2021 96.4 na 95.8 na

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

% 2021 61.8 na 58.3 na
Males % 2021 65.6 na 61.8 na
Females % 2021 58.4 na 55.1 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
2021  11.6  na 11.3  na
Males Years
2021  12.0  na 11.7  na
Females Years
2021  11.3  na 10.9  na
Annual Output - University Graduates 5/ Number  2021 19,761 -0.3 19,818 3.4
Annual Output - Polytechnic Graduates 6/ Number
2021 25,433 2.5 24,822 4.3

Key Literacy and Proficiency Indicators

Title : Indicators On Education And Literacy, Annual

Per Cent

Data Items

2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

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.

96.7
96.8
97
97.2
97.3
97.5
97.1
97.6
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

2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Total

2,732,600
2,750,900
2,795,200
2,846,000
2,877,000
2,922,700
2,977,800
2,978,300

Total - Below Secondary

832,100
800,000
819,300
813,800
761,500
745,700
757,800
643,900

Total- Secondary

502,500
519,200
500,400
488,800
511,200
503,700
484,300
492,600

Total - Post Secondary (Non-Tertiary)

238,000
250,500
249,800
253,500
260,700
265,900
296,900
281,300

Total - Diploma & Professional Qualification

401,800
405,500
411,500
415,900
434,900
461,200
456,800
486,200

Total - University

758,100
775,800
814,200
874,000
908,700
946,200
982,000
1,074,300
SOURCE : SINGAPORE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

Mean Years of Schooling

Title : Mean Years Of Schooling, Annual

Years

Data Items

2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Mean Years Of Schooling (25 Years & Over)

10.6
10.7
10.7
10.9
11.1
11.2
11.3
11.6
SOURCE : SINGAPORE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

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Education Statistics
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