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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Corruption in the education sector

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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.

Author: UNDP
Release date: October 2011

Fighting corruption in the education sector: Methods, tools and good practices

This publication is part of a series of studies that present methods, tools and good practices to map corruption risks, develop strategies and sustain partnerships to address challenges and tackle corruption in the education, health and water sectors. They help governments and development partners, within established national processes, to identify and systematically prioritize the bottlenecks to progress toward achieving the MDGs, and then devise strategies to overcome them. 


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