Corrupt schools

This important study calls us to action. Such widespread corruption not only costs societies billions of dollars, it also seriously undermines the vital effort to provide education for all. It prevents poorer parents from sending their children to school, robs schools and pupils of equipment, lowers teaching standards and thus education standards generally, and compromises the future of our youth. We cannot let it go unchecked."

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO (06-07-2007)


Rigged calls for tender, embezzlement, illegal registration fees, academic fraud... This UNESCO Report shows to what degree corrupt practices are seriously undermining education systems around the world and costing governments billions of dollars.

"Corrupt schools, corrupt universities: What can be done" is the result of several years of research into ethics and corruption undertaken by UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). The report assesses the nature and extent of the problem, how much it is costing societies and identifies ways to address it. Several case studies from all regions of the world are presented in the report, revealing the great variety of corrupt practices in countries, both rich and poor.

The authors also make a number of recommendations on how the problem can be dealt with, and look at several places where the introduction of simple measures has all but stamped out corrupt practices.

Listen to the interviews of the authors (UN Radio, mp3)

Press articles

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