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

  • 9th October - 3rd November
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Author: Hallak, J. and Poisson, M.
Release date: June 2007

Corrupt Schools, Corrupt Universities. What can be done?

Rigged calls for tender, embezzlement, academic fraud: Corruption in education is widespread and manifold. This publication draws lessons from six years of research, covering the experiences of over 60 countries. It makes valuable recommendations for education professionals and provides them with key tools.

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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