Parent-led initiatives

Parents can also play an important role in reducing corruption in the education system. Many parents rely on schools not only to educate their children but also as caretakers for their children and, in some cases, to provide meals during the day. As they have important incentives to contribute to quality education services, parental participation and oversight at the school level can greatly contribute to fighting school corruption.  

Parent-led anti-corruption actions may range from complaint or suggestion boxes directed at principles, superintendents or ministers to regular parent-teacher meetings or disseminating information about students’ rights to the wider community. For example, Guatemalan communities had significant problems with teacher absenteeism, leading to a decrease in school attendance. Community bulletin boards were used to provide parents with an outlet to complain about teacher absences, lack of resources and instances of corruption. These would become especially relevant during education inspector visits since most parents had to work and could not attend meetings during working hours.


Iñaki Albisu Ardigó; Marie Chêne


Matthew Jenkins

Contributing experts:

Umrbek Allakulov (Water Integrity Network)

Shaazka Beyerle (US Institute of Peace)

Simone Bloem (Center for Applied Policy)

Claire Grandadam (Water Integrity Network)

Jacques Hallak (Jules Verne University – Amiens)

Mihaylo Milovanovitch (Centre For Applied Policy)

Muriel Poisson (International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO)

Juanita Riano (Inter-American Development Bank)

Marc Y. Tassé (Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption)

Vítězslav Titl (University of Siegen)

Davide Torsello (Central European University Business School)

Patty Zakaria (Royal Roads University)



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