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Title:Whither the ivory tower? Corruption and development of higher education in Nigeria
Author:Oarhe, OsumahISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1753-5921)
Volume:11
Issue:3
Pages:311-328
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:higher education
corruption
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2014.934990
Abstract:In the struggle to combat corruption in Nigeria, popular and intellectual discourse has essentially been devoted to the behaviour of public officials such as politicians. Only little scholarly attention seems to have been paid to corruption in the education sector. This article attempts to fill this knowledge gap. Based on desk analysis, it indicates that corruption proliferates in the education sector just as in other sectors in Nigeria, with crippling effects on the ranking and standard of tertiary education. Situated within the theory of functionalism, it ascribes the proliferation of corruption to negative societal influence, poor funding, poor reward system and acute infrastructure decay. However, the article holds that there is yet a prospect of redemption based on measures that have been undertaken in various tertiary education institutions to tackle the social malaise. It recommends the need for men and women of integrity to champion the desired reform in the ivory tower. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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