The International Institute for Education Policy, Planning and Management (EPPM) in the framework of the project Integrity of education systems (INTES) conducted assessment on the integrity of schoolteachers’ recruitment. The goal of the integrity assessment was to identify and analyze corruption risks and to find out ways to eliminate the risks.
The project was a joint initiative by the Center for Applied Policy and Integrity (CAPI) and the Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC), and it was supported by the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. The project provided civil society organizations – members of NEPC from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Mongolia with initial training on integrity assessments in education, which was followed by locally led explorations of integrity in selected areas and reform priorities in education in these four countries.
The integrity assessment was conducted concurrently with reform activities carried out in Georgia. Reformatory steps made in schoolteacher recruitment and hiring process created unprecedented number of vacancies in the country and simultaneously, provoked a risk of integrity violations during schoolteacher recruitment process. The focus of the assessment was to identify existing flaws, corruption facts and risks (favoritism, nepotism, etc.) in the process of the recruitment of schoolteachers’ and subsequently produce policy recommendations.