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Direct Research Journal of Social Science and Educational Studies (DRJSSES) Vol.2 (3), pp. 50-59, August 2015
ISSN: 2449-0806

Manifestation of corruption in higher education: the role of the university administrator
Article Number: DRJA17085263

Original Research Article

*Seniwoliba, J. A. and Boahene, B. E

University for Development Studies,P. O. Box TL 1350,Tamale, Ghana.

date Received: June 2, 2015     date Accepted: July 15, 2015     date Published: August 13, 2015


Corruption has infiltrated into the higher education system in different forms and dimensions. The study adopted a number of qualitative research methods to elicit the results. The paper therefore, provides critical discussion on some policy documents, reports from Transparency International, critical discourse analysis to examine the texts from a critical perspective, experiential knowledge which draws on a decade of personal experiences as an administrators in the University and the current issues on corruption involving the public sector of Ghana. It reviewed the issues of corruption based on idealism, rational choice and anomie. Two major sources of corruption were identified (administrative and academic) in higher education in Ghana however, manifested in different forms such as through admissions, procurement, leadership influence recruitment,promotions/appointment, academic dishonesty, cheating, leaking examination papers, plagiarism, favouritism and many more. The paper therefore recommended that the Government should put in place national institutions to take care of the unemployed, aged and destitute and close up the salary gap between the professor and the office clerk paying special attention to the Ghanaian moral values.

Key words: Corruption, higher education, manifestation, transparency, accountability.