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Transparency International. Global Corruption Report: Education. 2013. Pages: 418.
This year’s Global Corruption Report by Transparency International is all about the problems of corruption within the education sector. The report has a holistic approach towards education and consequently deals with corruption at all levels of education. The report is compiled as a miscellany dealing with five broad areas with contributions from prominent representatives working in the education sector, academia non-governmental organisations, and international organisations. The first part constitutes an introduction to the issue of corruption in the field of education, identifying global trends and drawing largely the image of corruption-free education as a human right. The second part deals with corruption in school education, by evoking specific examples of corruption such as ghost schools in Pakistan, nepotism in appointments in Nepal, or sexual violence in educational institutions. The third part presents issues of corruption in the higher education sector such as funding, quality assurance, university admission, or scientific misconduct in research. Part four is a collection of articles dealing with approaches to tackle corruption. Examples include monitoring measures of public expenditure, tools for accountability, and civil society initiatives. The fifth and final part of the Global Corruption Report shifts to a meta-level by evoking the role of education as a tool against corruption as such.