Anti-Corruption Agencies Call For Ethics And Integrity Studies

Anti-corruption agencies call for ethics and integrity studies
Appeared on: 27 Oct 2018

Ethics and integrity studies should be incorporated in the national primary and secondary school curriculum.

This was the call made by Anti-Corruption Agencies during a dialogue with stakeholders in the Education Sector at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The aim of the request is to bring forth an upright generation that would have zero tolerance to corruption.

This comes in the wake of increasing corruption in the Education Sector, where at least 20% of all corruption cases reported to the Inspectorate of Government (IG) in 2017 were from that sector.

Some of the corruption tendencies in the Education Sector include diversion of funds, abuse of power, selling of places in schools and tertiary institutions, nepotism and bribery in recruitment of staff, bribery among student leaders, examination malpractices among others.

The dialogue was graced by the Minister for Education and Sports, who is also the First Lady of Uganda, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni.

In her remarks, the First Lady said, “Involving the Education Sector in the fight against corruption has been long overdue. My ministry will collaborate with Anti- Corruption Agencies to ensure that our young people learn to protect themselves against corruption.”

She castigated teachers who waste time on trivial matters, saying teachers are supposed to transform society wherever they are.

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The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Irene Mulyagonja, acknowledged Mrs Museveni for her enthusiasm and commitment to not only the growth of the Education Sector, but also to the development of the youth in Uganda.

She expressed optimism that the dialogue would be the springboard for further engagements towards The dialogue was organised by Anti-Corruption Agencies that include the IG, Office of the Auditor General (OAG), Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), Directorate for Ethics and Integrity (DEI) and Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) supported by GIZ.

It was part of activities earmarked for the Anti-Corruption Campaign 2018 under the theme, “Citizen’s participation in the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Uganda’s transformation”.