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Index / Education
Expenses


The data here involves combining figures of education expenses/GDP to GDP per capita. As figures for the first are not of the same year as the second there is statistical insecurity. The column showing "Year" reflects the year of the data or estimate for education expenses compared. The older the year, the greater the statistical insecurity.
Expenses per capita must not at all be confused with expenses per pupil/student. Numbers of pupils and students vary much between countries, and many countries have insufficient reporting on this.
Most data obtained from CIA World Factbook.

MENA rank US$/capita % of GDP Year
1. Qatar 3,400 3.3% 2005
2. Kuwait 2,200 3.8% 2006
3. Israel 2,000 6.9% 2004
4. Bahrain 1,500 3.9% 1991
5. Saudi Arabia 1,400 6.8% 2004
6. Oman 800 4.0% 2006
7. Iran 700 5.1% 2006
8. Tunisia 600 7.3% 2005
9. United Arab Emirates 500 1.3% 2005
10. Turkey 500 4.0% 2004
11. Libya 400 2.7% 1999
12. Algeria 350 5.1% 1999
13. Lebanon 300 2.7% 2006
14. Jordan 250 4.9% 1999
15. Yemen 250 9.6% 2001
16. Egypt 230 4.2% 2008
17. Morocco 200 4.9% 1999
18. Syria 190 3.9% 1999
19. Sudan 130 6.0% 1999
20. Iraq
Warning
130 3.3% 2003
21. Palestine
Warning
115 4.0% 2003
22. Mauritania 60 2.9% 2006

Warning
The figures for Iraq and Palestine given here must be used only with the greatest caution. Information for Iraq dates to back before the war that has torn the country since 2003; there is good chances that education spending are much higher today.
The figures for Palestine has been calculated from the following data: UNRWA used for each pupil/student $373 in 2003, the same year the number of pupils/students to the total population was 30%. Still, only 31% of all pupils and students were on UNRWA programs. Whether Palestinian authorities use more or less; and how much more or less is spent on each student in higher education, are crucial factors that is unanswered for this overview.




By Tore Kjeilen