Number of pupils in the official age group for a given level of education who attend school at that level, expressed as a percentage of the population in that age group.
Family and other commitments can be expected to cause some irregularity of attendance among most learners. However, with reliable and competent facilitators, aided by special local arrangements to encourage regular attendance, attendance rates can be expected to average around 75 to 80 per cent. Without such arrangements, planners should expect much lower attendance rates (Oxenham, 2008: 48). , According to the 2010 Demographic and Health Survey, however, the primary net attendance rate was 80%, well below the 98% net enrolment ratio estimate provided by the UIS for 2008. One reason for this discrepancy is likely to be differences in the way information is collected on child age (UNESCO, 2014: 54).