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: 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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Author: Lewis, M and Pettersson, G
Release date: December 2009

Governance in Education: Raising Performance

The impacts of education investments in developing countries are typically measured by inputs and outputs. Missing are measures of performance that reflect whether education systems are meeting objectives; public resources are used appropriately; and the priorities of governments are implemented. This paper suggests that good governance can serve as an entry point to raising institutional performance in the delivery of education services. Performance indicators that offer the potential for tracking relative education performance are proposed, and provide the context for the discussion of good governance in education in the areas of budget and resource management, human resources, household payments, and corruption perceptions.

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