Top 5 major economies with 'corrupt' education systems

October 4, 2013

A recent report by Transparency International suggested that reductions in the amount of public money allocated to universities is fuelling corruption within higher education systems across the world.

The report contains excerpts from TI’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013, which asked over 114,000 people in 107 countries for their views on corruption. We looked at the data for countries in the G20 group of major economies, and in particular the percentage of people within those countries who believe their education system is “corrupt or very corrupt”. Here are the top 5…

Note: data for China and Saudi Arabia are not available

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5. Mexico

In Mexico, 43 per cent of respondents were of the opinion that the education system is not playing by the rules.

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4. Indonesia

Just under half of those surveyed in Indonesia (49 per cent) said they felt the country’s education system was crooked.

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3. Japan

Taking the bronze medal for perceived corruption is Japan, where 55 per cent of those surveyed believed the education system was subject to malfeasance.

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2. India

Just avoiding the indignity of the number 1 spot is India, where 61 per cent of people surveyed said they believed the country’s education system to be “corrupt” or “very corrupt”.

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1. Russia

Top of the pile is Russia, the only country where more than 70 per cent of those asked (71 per cent) believed their education system to be corrupt.

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Reader's comments (2)

Well yes true that I have been doing some research on this since a month in collaboration with and I found out that corruption in education is at a peak in these regions.

I believe this does not happen in G20 countries where the survey was conducted, it is worldwide problem

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