The education sector is the largest or second largest budget item in most countries, and opportunities for corrupt practices are numerous. It is difﬁ cult to measure the prevalence of corruption but it is fair to estimate that it is widespread in South and South East Asia, and endemic in many countries in the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and Africa. Where corruption is rampant there is a great risk that social trust may wither away and that the development potential of whole countries may be undermined. Adolescents often become familiar with corruption at schools and universities. When this happens, a central role of the education sector – namely the imparting of ethical values and behaviour – becomes impossible, resulting in corruption becoming the norm at all levels of society.
Fuente: Anti-corruption Resource Centre – U4