Joseph E. Ogbu (Ph.D), Usman A. Usman, Augustine D. Buden


The paper analyses corruption and the retrogression of the educational sector and the way forward. Secondary sources of data were used. The paper notes that corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nigerian society which is affecting all the sectors of the economy including the educational sector where various acts of academic corruption are perpetrated. The paper notes that the educational sector is as corrupt as the public and private sectors where there is low efficiency, wastage and misappropriation of resources which is affecting the quality of primary and secondary school leavers as well as graduates of tertiary institutions. Unfortunately, the educational sector seems to escape critical observations regarding the corrupt conduct of educational bureaucrats, administrators of various educational institutions and even the students. It was recommended among others that there should be a systematic overhauling of the educational system by the Federal Ministry of Education by strengthening the regulatory systems and management and that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Independent and Corrupt Practices commission (ICPC) should urgently turn their searchlight towards the educational sector in order sanitize it.


Corruption, retrogression, educational sector, way forward

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