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Quality and inclusive education is essential for a prosperous and empowered society, and is a key to equality and development. When corruption permeates education, it undermines the ability of education to achieve these goals. Corruption in education has far-reaching negative impacts on society, from stifling knowledge and misallocating skills in the economy, to increasing social inequality and breeding more corruption. This Module is designed to help lecturers introduce students to the manifestations, causes and consequences of corruption in education. Drawing on examples from various countries, the Module reviews the different acts of corruption that are found in both public and private schools and universities, such as cheating, bribery and sexual corruption. Since the causes of corruption are complex and context-specific, some factors that are particularly relevant to the education sector are brought to the fore. The Module discusses the effects of corrupt practices on the quality of education and their wider ramifications for society. The impacts of corruption in education are diverse, far-reaching and difficult to reverse. This is why preventive measures aimed at increasing transparency and accountability are preferable.


Learning outcomes

  • Identify different kinds and risks of corruption in education
  • Relate the causes and consequences of corruption in education to relevant prevention strategies
  • Describe the challenges to anti-corruption in different educational contexts
  • Critically discuss possible anti-corruption strategies for the education sector
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