Jamaica is the most populated Caribbean Commonwealth nation, with about 2.7 million people. Literacy rates and enrolment ratios for primary and secondary education are high. Jamaica is a regular contributor to COL’s budget.

School-age Population by Education Level1

294,269

 

258,940

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20131

79.3%

 

76.3%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20131

40.3%

 

17.6%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

70.2%

 

60.3%

Secondary(2012)

 

Tertiary (2012)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institutue for Statitics Data Centre, retrieved in May, 2015

 

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

92.1%

 

82.6%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

54%

 

73%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2013)1

13%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

77

 

72

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

8.9 100.4
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
4.8 28.3
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
30.5 37.8
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in April, 2015