A women was quoted in the BBC stating that she would have to pay over $10,000 in bribes to education officials in China in order to secure a spot for her son at a good school in Beijing.
Corruption is a major issue confronting Chinese officials. Between the mid-1990s and 2008, over $120 Billion was smuggled out of the country by 16,000 to 18,000 government officials and employees of state-owned businesses. The amount averages out to over $6 Million per official.
Source: Martin Patience, “‘Wall of shame’ symbolises China’s corruption woes,” BBC News, October 7, 2012.