Education Sector

Education is key for development. Learn about strategies to reduce corruption’s negative impact on a sector that receives significant foreign aid.

Teachers withholding curriculum to charge for private tutoring, students paying to access exams before tests, ghost teachers and school buildings, embezzlement of capitation grants and favoring of textbook publishing companies in exchange for campaign donations: corruption can take many forms in the education sector. Learn how to address the problem from the ministry level to the smallest school. 

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Author: Burchell, Keith
Release date: December 2014

Primary Education Support Programme (PESP) Tanzania

Textbook programmes are notoriously difficult to manage and rarely run smoothly due to the number of unexpected or unanticipated hitches, all the more so when textbooks and desks are being manufactured offshore and subject to factors beyond the immediate control of the suppliers.

Overall, this has been a successfully managed programme with positive outcomes. On the evidence available, all publishers and Jambo Plastics have performed professionally and competently in adhering to the time frames and the specific details of their contracts to which they committed. In total, over 18.5 million books and 886,724 teacher’s guides were procured at an average cost of Tanzanian Shillings 2,717 (USD 1.68/£1.07) per title delivered to the primary schools.

DFID involved DataVision International to build a website to specifically monitor the physical distribution of the textbooks to the schools. In its first year of opera

Author: Transparency International
Release date: November 2013

Global Corruption Report: Education

The Global Corruption Report: Education sheds light on the many shapes and forms that corruption in education can take. It shows that, in all cases, corruption in education acts as a dangerous barrier to high-quality education and social and economic development. It jeopardises the academic benefi ts of higher education institutions and may even lead to the reputational collapse of a country’s entire higher education system. In order to assess the way forward, the Global Corruption Report: Education also highlights innovative approaches to combating corruption in education.


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