Net intake rate (NIR)


New entrants to the first grade of primary education who are of the official primary school entrance age, expressed as a percentage of the population of that age.

Example of use

Children are more likely to complete primary schooling if they enter at the right age. However, the net intake rate for the first year of primary school increased only slightly between 1999 and 2011, from 81% to 86% – and it rose by less than one percentage point over the last four years of the period. Some countries have made great progress in getting children into school on time, however, including Ethiopia, which increased its rate from 23% in 1999 to 94% in 2011 (UNESCO, 2014: 3).