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: Patrinos, H and Kagia, R
Release date: January 2007

Maximizing the performance of education systems: The case of teacher absenteeism

Teachers correspond to the most important feature of the education system, not only because their salaries account for most of expenditures in such sector but also because they are the gatekeepers of education service.Teachers’ absenteeism is associated with a reduction of pupils' achievement, overall denigration of school’s performance as well as the provision of negative models to students. Therefore, losses associated with it pose a threat to the country’s growth potential. This paper presents various findings and and studies, as well as strategies and examples on how to combat absenteeism.

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Author: Ochse, K L
Release date: January 2004

Preventing Corruption in the Education System

This practical guide is produced by GTZ under the sector project ‘Prevention of Corruption’, and addresses those responsible for development cooperation projects aiming to promote reform in the education sector. The guide aims to provide ideas and practical support, and to indicate ways of integrating corruption-prevention components appropriately in projects of this nature. Based on the priorities of German development cooperation in the Education system, the guide is built around the identification of manifestations and possible weak points in terms of corruption related to 1) personnel, 2) the finance and procurement system in educational institutions, 3) access to educational institutions, and 4) quality and quantity of education. The guide proceeds to point out measures to prevent corruption for each of these areas.

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