Corruption in the education sector in Bangladesh

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Published on 21 April 2015 as a EU Helpdesk answer
Can you please provide an overview of corruption in the education sector in Bangladesh?


1. Corruption in the education sector: causes, forms and impacts

2. Forms of corruption in the education sector in Bangladesh

3. Governmental and non-governmental initiatives to fight corruption in education


The education sector is generally considered to be particularly prone to corruption, due to the size of education budgets and the complex administrative layers that exist between central government and the school level. Parents can often be manipulated and tolerate corruption as they strive to provide the best educational opportunities for their children.

In Bangladesh, the main forms of corruption identified in the education sector include more obvious forms such as bribery in admissions and in the disbursement of stipends; nepotism in the recruitment of teachers; and corruption in procurement. Less obvious forms include teacher absenteeism; misuse of private tuition by teachers; and sexual exploitation in schools and universities.

Bangladesh has been recognised internationally for progress made in achieving almost universal access to primary education and attaining gender equity at the primary and secondary education levels. Governmental efforts in the area of governance have led to improvements in the recruitment of teachers and school management. Notable non-governmental anti-corruption initiatives in the sector include TI-Bangladesh’s Integrity Pledge which aims to promote people’s participation in planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring in schools.

Author(s): Suzanne Mulcahy PhD, Transparency International,

Reviewed by: Iftekhar Zaman, Transparency International-Bangladesh Casey Kelso, Transparency International-Secretariat
Publication date: 21 April 2015
Number: 12

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Country / Territory - Bangladesh   
Region - Asia Pacific   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Education   
Tags - Education   |   Bangladesh   

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