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

  • 16th February - 13th March
Author: Heyneman, S P
Release date: January 2002

Education and Corruption

This paper provides a useful overview of corruption in education and ways to tackle it, and is notable for providing a much wider analysis than merely of bribery of teachers. Although the emphasis of the paper is on higher education, it is more-or-less equally applicable to other education institutions. Heyneman defines corruption in education and explains why it is important: corruption in education leads to lack of trust in schools, which leads not only to lower economic growth but more broadly undermines a nation

Author: Reinikka, R and Svensson, J
Release date: January 2002

Local Capture and the Political Economy of School Financing

This article by Reinikka and Svensson explains leakage of public funds in education, using panel data from a study of primary schools in Uganda. The data reveal that on average, schools received only 13% of what the central government contributed to the schools


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