Tjo-tjo and favours evident in school grounds

By Kavisha Pillay According to a Corruption Watch survey into corruption in schools, favours in exchange for better marks was singled out as a prevalent form of misuse of power. Results of the survey, which polled 3 284 respondents between the ages of 13 and 34, were released on 30 September, and showed a general Read more >

Schools corruption in the global spotlight

Transparency International’s (TI) latest report reveals that schools corruption is not just a South African problem, but a global one. The Global Corruption Report: Education shows that corruption is rampant in the education sector around the world, in both basic and higher education. Corruption Watch has made schools corruption its focus for 2013, for good Read more >

Survey: Corruption in schools on the rise

Since Corruption Watch launched its schools campaign,  reports of irregularities in school management have been coming in thick and fast. Since January 2012, the civil society organisation has received over 300 reports of corruption in schools via its website, SMS hotline, and telephone. Corruption Watch has made schools monitoring a focus in 2013. Now, new Read more >

Our call centre is open for business

Remember this number – 0800 023 456. Keep it in your address book, write it down on a sticky note, display it on your fridge door, and spread it as widely as possible. It’s the number of Corruption Watch’s new call centre, which has just launched in its pilot phase and is targeting schools corruption Read more >

Understanding roles of principals and governing bodies

By Lee-Ann Collingridge The roles of principals and school governing bodies in managing a school are complex and appear to overlap, which can cause conflict. In this article we unpack what these two jobs actually entail and look at the different laws that apply to schools. To give you an idea of where lines get Read more >

Schools rot rife in E Cape, August tip-offs show

By Nicky Rehbock August saw a record number of schools tip-offs sent in to Corruption Watch, with the majority of complaints coming from small towns in the Eastern Cape, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Sixty-nine reports came in from the public during the previous month, bringing the overall number of schools reports sent in by Read more >

Schools corruption: what it looks like

Since launching our schools campaign in January 2013, we have received over 200 schools corruption tip-offs.  Our data indicates that principals and members of school governing bodies are the biggest culprits in the misconduct reported. Check out our infographic showing the latest reporting trends. Image Excerpt Since launching our schools campaign in January 2013, we Read more >

Principals treating schools as cash cows

Here’s a snapshot of some of the schools incidents* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we're picking up: principals are at it again – this time individuals are reported to have stolen money meant for school renovations, been an accessory to a crime and Read more >