Public Examinations

Report of the Commonwealth Planning Seminar, Accra, March 1973

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The Role, Function And Organisation of Examing Bodies

Although certain elements of nationalism underlay the formulation of examinations councils in newly independent countries, the main reasons for their establishment could be said with justice to derive from clear educational considerations. Examinations exercise a considerable influence on the form and content of school curricula and teaching methods, so that if countries are effectively to control their educational systems it seems inevitable that the control of examination syllabuses and examinations themselves must rest firmly in the hands of locally-based authorities. Some countries have decided that the importance of examinations is such that responsibility for examinations is best vested in a department of the government, either the Ministry of Education or a fully-controlled Examinations Syndicate.


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