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Highest grade / year of school completed

This variable represents the woman's reported highest grade, form, standard, or year of school that the woman completed, except for the following codes:

9995 = Not interviewed (female questionnaire)
9996 = Not interviewed (household questionnaire)
9997 = Don't know
9998 = No response or missing
9999 = NIU (not in universe)


YRSCHL indicates the highest grade, form, standard, or year of school that the woman completed. Note that respondents did not respond in a standard way. Some respondents reported the last calendar year they attended school, others reported the total years of schooling they attended, and some reported the grade relative to the level of education.

For example, in a country with an 8-4-4 education system, a value of 4 in YRSCHL may be the same as a value of 12 for women who have attended secondary school. Conversely, two women may report the value of 3, but it may mean 3rd grade in primary school or three years of college. It is recommended that you use the variable EDUCATT for more clarification.

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


There are meaningful differences in responses among samples; see the Description tab for details. There are also slight differences in question wording among samples; see the Questionnaire text tab for details.


  • Women aged 15-49 who have ever attended school.


  • Burkina Faso: 2020-2022
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2019-2021
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2020-2022
  • India: 2020-2022
  • Kenya: 2019-2021
  • Niger: 2020, 2022-2023
  • Nigeria: 2019-2021
  • Uganda: 2020-2022