The ICAC issued new guidelines to principals and teachers, warning them to steer clear of accepting frequent or lavish entertainment from people who do business with their schools. The Corruption Prevention Department of the Independent Commission Against Commission yesterday issued a Best Practice Checklist on Governance and Control in Schools to 1,000 primary and secondary schools in the city. It urges schools to strengthen their administrative procedures and increase transparency in nine areas, especially in procurement and student admissions. In recent years there have been instances of chaotic management and suspected corruption. In one case the principal of a primary school in Choi Hung engaged a decorator to work in his flat for free in exchange for renovation contracts at the school. In another, a school in Yau Tong was investigated by the ICAC for outsourcing services to a company chaired by its supervisor. Raymond Ng Kwok-ming, assistant director of the anti-graft body's corruption prevention department, said the guidelines were in response to 'mounting public concerns about school administration'. Corruption complaints in the education sector have steadily increased, from 67 cases in 2008, to 95 in 2009, and the 83 cases in the first nine months this year. 'Good management can help eliminate the chance of corruption happening in schools,' Ng said. The new guidelines recommend best practices for school in governance, procurement, staff administration such as promotion arrangement, student admission and accepting donation and sponsorship. Hong Kong parents will go to great lengths to get their children into a sought-after kindergarten or elite school. Recently, a Kowloon Tong kindergarten provided fee-paying religious conversion courses to enhance children's chances of entering Catholic-affiliated elite primary schools, a scheme that was scrapped after strong criticism. The new ICAC guidelines included recommendations on student admission, to ensure that the admission process is fair and transparent to avoid favouritism or abuse. Dr Anissa Chan Wong Lai-kuen, a member of the corruption prevention advisory committee and principal of St Paul Co-educational College, said some schools had started to set up an admission committee involving more staff, about 20 school management and teachers for selecting new students. Schools are also urged to make their finances transparent, along with any donations received. Lo Sai-kwong, president of Eastern District School Liaison Committee, said the Education Bureau also provides guidelines on school management. 'Regular inspections can also help to eliminate corruption in schools,' Lo said. School principals or teachers who breach bribery laws can face a fine of up to HK$500,000 and seven years in prison. Checklist to fight corruption in schools 1Strengthen administrative procedures 2 Avoid acceptance of advantages and conflict of interest 3 Segregation of major duties such as procurement and keeping records 4 Monitor staff employment and promotions, student admissions, fund raising and sponsorship 5 Monitor tendering of building maintenance'