PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Administration of this Act.

3. Advisory Committees.

4. Powers of the Commissioner.

5. Impersonation at public examinations.

6. Question papers to be secret documents.

7. Divulging of information relating to, or making fraudulent alterations in, answer scripts or mark registers.

8. Theft or disposal of secret documents.

9. Destruction or tampering with secret documents.

10. Fraudulent misdelivery of secret document.

11. Being in possession of and sale of, secret documents.

12. Dishonesty at public examination.

13. Divulging of information relating to examiners, and dishonest transmission of answer scripts to particular examiners.

14. Use of faked documents.

15. Abetment of offences.

16. Attempts to commit offences.

17. Punishment for offences under this Act.

18. Offences to be cognizable.

19. Prosecution only with consent of commissioner.

20. Powers of the Commissioner with regard to disciplinary control.

21. Oath of secrecy.

22. Regulations.

23. Interpretation.

15 of 1976,

25 of 1968.

AN ACT to make more effective provisions for the proper conduct of public examinations, for the punishment of offences committed in connection with such public examinations, and for all matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 16th June, 1968]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Public Examinations Act.

2. Administration of this Act

(1) The Commissioner of Examinations, hereafter in this Act referred to as "the Commissioner”, and the other officers of the Department of Examinations shall be responsible for the administration of this Act.

(2) The Commissioner may delegate any of his powers or duties under this Act or any regulation made thereunder, to the Deputy Commissioner or to any Assistant Commissioner or to any Superintendent of Examinations of the Department of Examinations or to any Regional Director of Education or to any Chief Education Officer.

[S 2(2) subs by s 2 of Law 15 of 1976.]

3. Advisory Committees.

(1) There shall be a Schools Examinations Advisory Committee and a Technical Examinations Advisory Committee, constituted by the Minister in accordance with regulations that may be made in that behalf.

(2) The Minister may, in accordance with regulations made in that behalf, constitute any other Advisory Committee in respect of any particular public examination or a group of public examinations.

4. Powers of the Commissioner.

(1) The Commissioner shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (3), have the power to organise and conduct—

(a) General Education Examinations and Technical Education Examinations other than those pertaining to Higher Educational Institutions, and

(b) any other Government examinations held by Government departments or examinations held by Government-sponsored bodies.

(2) The Commissioner shall have the power to issue certificates or awards to candidates who are successful at any examination referred to in subsection (1).

(3) The examinations referred to in subsection (1) shall be conducted on syllabuses and books prescribed—

(a) in the case of General Education Examinations, by the Director-General of Education in consultation with the Schools Examinations Advisory Committee;

(b) in the case of Technical Education Examinations, by the Director-General of Education in consultation with the Technical Examinations Advisory Committee;

(c) in the case of examinations referred to in paragraph (b) of subsection (1), by the Government department or the Government-sponsored body concerned, in consultation with the Director-General of Education.

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