The complaints range from embezzlement of school funds to teachers soliciting sexual favours from learners.
The education sector has registered an upward trend in corruption according to a report by watchdog Corruption Watch.
The non-profit organisation established this by looking at the 2 469 reports of corruption it has received from January this year, as it compiled its half-year Analysis of Corruption Trends report. In the same period last year, 2 744 reports of corruption were received by the corruption.
Provincially, Gauteng leads the way with 39.8% of reported corruption incidents followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 9.6%, and the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape both at 6.5%.
Reports of corruption in schools have risen to 10.8% this year, compared with 9.9% in 2017.
Incidents recorded in the education sector include everything from reports of principals embezzling school funds to teachers soliciting sexual favours from learners in return for higher marks.
Corruption Watch’s executive director David Lewis says this upward trend recorded in schools is of great concern;
“While the headlines and the national debate are focused on the stories of grand corruption, spare a thought for the child whose school lunch is stolen, for the impoverished hospital patient who is forced to pay for care at a public hospital, for the community terrorised by gangsters and drug dealers who have bribed the local police and local councillors to look the other way.”
Along with education, other sectors which have recorded a high number of reported incidents include Local Government, which has had a 2.6% upward surge in reported cases compared to last year. These – in total -make up 9.2% of the complaints Corruption watch has received in the period in question.
The South African Police Services (SAPS) makes up 6.3% of the reported incidents, with bribery and abuse of power central to complaints involving law enforcement.
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