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Heyneman, S.P. (Ed.) Buying your Way into Heaven. Education and Corruption in International Perspective. Sense Publishers, Boston, 2009. ISBN: 978-90-8790-727-3 (paperback), ISBN: 978-90-8790-728-0 (hardback). Pages: 164.
Education systems can be as corrupt as other parts of government and the economy and the values of fairness and impartiality, once thought to be universal characteristics of education systems, can be supplanted by the interests of specific individuals, families and ethnic groups. Education corruption has now been found in all regions of the world, but it manifests itself in different ways. How do these differ from one region to another? What should be done to minimise education corruption? And what should be done to protect universities and employers in areas situated where there is little corruption from the products of those parts of the world where education corruption is the norm? The book addresses these issues providing illustrations from Asia, Africa, South-eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and proposes actions and policies on the part of regional and international agencies to counter what is now likely to become a new and unexpected global crisis.