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
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. 

Author: OSI
Release date: January 2010

Drawing the line: Parental informal payments for education across Eurasia

This cross-country study assesses the character and frequency of private informal payments made by families whose children attend primary and secondary schools in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Moldova, Slovakia, and Tajikistan. Informal payments are widely accepted but rarely open to public review. The central concern is how to ensure that educational reform takes into account this real cost of education and creates an equitable system accessible to all.


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