Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Corruption in Education: A global problem

Corrupt schools, corrupt universities: What can be done?
by Jacques Hallak and Muriel Poisson
2007, 354 p.
Price: €20

Rigged calls for tender, embezzlement, illegal registration fees, academic fraud... A Report from UNESCO's
International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) launched on 6 June in Paris shows to what degree corrupt practices are seriously undermining education systems around the world and costing governments billions of dollars. More importantly, it suggests what can be done to reduce corruption in education.


John Daly said...

Emily Vargas-Baron, a friend and colleague wrote this nice tribute on the book:

The main author, Jacques Hallak, was a superb director of IIEP for many years prior to 2001 when he retired. From his position at IIEP, he also ably led the International Working Group on Education that annually convened all leading donors (multi and bilateral) to discuss key issues for educational development.

This book is the first major international study of corruption in education, a sub-theme that has bedeviled the field of international education development. Frankly, I think that those who steal from children are most vile. By exposing their methods and by establishing transparent and accountable control systems, I feel confident that much of this corruption can and will be eradicated.

I congratulate Jacques and his colleague, Muriel Poisson, on this great contribution.

John Daly said...

Ray Wanner, the Chairperson of the IIEP Governing Board, wrote to me:

Permit me some institutional bragging rights in telling you that this is an IIEP publication. Corruption in education is a serious global problem with the United States not spared. Note most recently the university loan scandal.