Mapping corruption risks in Kosovo’s education sector
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IIEP have recently released a report outlining where corruption risks exist in the administration of Kosovo’s education services. The report also includes recommendations to help prevent the mismanagement of allocated resources and build integrity in the sector.
- Major risks relate to the production and distribution of textbooks (at the ministry level); Given the absence of school autonomy, risks are low at the pre-university level;
- Major risks relate to the discretionary power of the Directorates for Education at the municipal level, particularly in the area of recruitment of school personnel and of school construction and maintenance;
- Major risks exist at the university level in all three focus areas.
- Run a Public Expenditure Tracking Survey of the Specific Grant for Education, from the Ministry of Finance, down to municipalities and schools;
- Support the efforts of the municipality of Pristina to standardize new procedures in the area of staff recruitment and public procurement;
- Organize capacity-building workshops for the municipal directors of education culminating in the signing of a Charter of Transparency in Education by all municipal directors of education;
- Develop a training module on ways to heighten ethical behaviour among school stakeholders, to be included, in particular, as part of teachers’ pre-service and in-service training;
- On a competitive basis, invite students from the University of Pristina to develop an e-platform on transparency issues.
Download the full report here
All references to Kosovo are made in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).