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Partner's highest level of school attended

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PARTNEREDUC indicates the highest level of schooling a woman’s husband/partner attended. It does not specify whether the indicated level was completed.

Countries differ in their educational systems and levels, but PARTNEREDUC harmonizes codes across samples using composite coding. The first digit organizes education levels into the following broad, comparable categories: Never attended, primary school, post-primary, secondary school, post-secondary, and tertiary completed. The second digit preserves country-specific detail within these broad categories. For more details about the specific wording of education levels in each country's questionnaire, see questionnaire text for details.

The question associated with this variable was included in the female questionnaire.

Comparability — Index

Burkina Faso
Congo (Democratic Republic)


There are inherent comparability issues due to difference among countries' distinct educational systems. Categories sharing the same first digit are largely comparable, with second digits retaining country-specific details.

Comparability — Burkina Faso [top]

Burkina Faso has a 6-4-3 system, comprising 6 years of primary, 4 years in the first cycle of secondary, and 3 years in the second cycle of secondary.

Comparability — Congo (Democratic Republic) [top]

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are 6 years of primary school followed by 6 years of secondary school. In the DRC 2014 Round 2 sample, the questionnaire gathered information not only about the highest level of schooling the woman attended, but also whether she completed that level. No other sample provides this additional information, which has been retained in the variable EDUCOMP. For the purposes of comparability, incomplete and completed levels of schooling codes have been combined at the education level in EDUCATT.

Comparability — Kenya [top]

Kenya has an 8-4-4 system (8 years of primary education, 4 years of secondary, and 4 years of university). For students who do not attend secondary school, youth polytechnic institutions offer technical diplomas. These cases are coded as "post-primary technical/vocational". The Kenya questionnaire distinguished college attendance and university attendance as two distinct levels. In Kenya, 2 to 3 year post-secondary technical/vocational institutions are referred to as colleges, so these cases have been coded as "post-secondary technical/vocational". University attendance is coded as tertiary or higher level.

Comparability — Nigeria [top]

Nigeria has a 6-3-3 structure, with 6 years of primary, 3 years of junior secondary, and 3 years of senior secondary.


  • Women aged 15-49 who are currently married or living with a man.


  • Burkina Faso: 2021-2022
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2020-2021
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2021-2022
  • Ethiopia: 2021
  • India: 2021-2022
  • Kenya: 2020-2021
  • Niger: 2022-2023
  • Nigeria: 2020-2021
  • Uganda: 2021-2022