—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the functions and duties of the Council shall be —
to register and regulate private education institutions and persons who offer or provide any service relating, whether directly or indirectly, to private education;
to encourage, promote and facilitate the development of the private education sector in Singapore;
to establish, implement or support quality accreditation or certification schemes and other measures to enhance the standards of the private education sector, or the education sector generally, in Singapore as the Council deems appropriate;
to publish and disseminate information on matters relating to the Council’s functions and duties;
to advise the Government or other public authority on national needs and policies in respect of private education matters generally, and to implement national policies relating to private education or to persons regulated under this Act; and
to perform such other functions and discharge such other duties as may be conferred on the Council by or under this Act or any other written law.
(2) In addition to the functions and duties imposed under subsection (1), the Council may undertake such other functions and duties (not incompatible with those specified in that subsection) as the Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, assign to the Council and in so doing —
the Council shall be deemed to be fulfilling the purposes of this Act; and
the provisions of this Act shall apply to the Council in respect of such functions and duties.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed as imposing on the Council, directly or indirectly, any form of duty or liability enforceable by proceedings before any court to which it would not otherwise be subject.
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Council shall have power to do anything for the purpose of performing its functions and discharging its duties under this Act or any other written law, or which is incidental or conducive to the performance and discharge of those functions and duties and, in particular, may —
design and administer systems for the registration and regulation of private education institutions and persons who offer or provide any service relating, whether directly or indirectly, to private education;
develop codes of practice relating to content or technical standards for private education services, and monitor compliance with such codes;
engage in research, development studies or technical co-operation projects relating to or connected with the functions and duties of the Council;
specify, by notification in the Gazette, all the accreditation, certification or inspection marks of the Council for use in relation to any function or duty of the Council, and control the use of such marks;
enter into such contracts as may be necessary or expedient for the purpose of discharging the functions and duties of the Council;
acquire or dispose of, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, any property, whether movable or immovable, which the Council thinks necessary or expedient for the purpose of carrying out its functions or duties;
with the approval of the Minister, form or participate in the formation of any company, partnership or joint venture as a shareholder or partner or in any other capacity and to share profits;
become a member or an affiliate of any international body, the functions or duties of which are similar to those of the Council;
whether by itself or in association with any other person, provide to any person in Singapore or elsewhere consultancy, technical, managerial or other services or products in any area in which the Council has skill or experience;
charge fees or commissions for services rendered by the Council or for the use of any facilities of the Council;
receive grants or contributions from any source, or raise funds by all lawful means and apply such funds for any of the functions and duties of the Council;
grant or guarantee loans to officers or employees of the Council for any purpose specifically approved by the Council;
provide recreational facilities and promote recreational activities for, and activities conducive to, the welfare of officers and employees of the Council and members of their families;
provide training, whether by itself or with the co-operation of other persons as the Council thinks fit, for the officers or employees of the Council or others concerned with private education services and to award scholarships or otherwise pay for such training;
lease, let, develop or otherwise utilise any property movable or immovable, vested in or acquired by the Council on such terms and conditions as the Council thinks fit; and
do anything incidental to any of its functions, duties or powers.
(2) This section shall not be construed as limiting any power of the Council conferred by or under any other written law.
(3) The Council shall furnish the Minister information with respect to its property and activities in such manner and at such times as the Minister may require.
8. The Minister may give to the Council such directions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as to the performance of its functions, the discharge of its duties and the exercise of its powers under this Act or any other written law as the Minister may consider necessary, and the Council shall give effect to all such directions.
—(1) The Council may appoint from among its own members or from other persons such number of committees as it thinks fit for purposes which, in the opinion of the Council, would be more expediently carried out or managed by means of such committees.
(2) The Council may, from time to time, alter or discharge any committee appointed under subsection (1), and define or vary the terms of reference of the committee.
(3) Subject to the provisions of this Act and to the control of the Council, each committee appointed under subsection (1) may regulate its procedure in such manner as the committee thinks fit.
(4) The Council may, subject to such conditions or restrictions as it thinks fit, delegate —
to any of its members, including the Chairman and Deputy Chairman;
to its Chief Executive, or any of its officers or employees;
to any committee appointed under subsection (1); or
to any other person as it thinks fit,
any of its functions, duties or powers under this Act or any other written law, except the powers to make subsidiary legislation and the power of delegation conferred by this subsection.
(5) Any function, duty or power delegated under subsection (4) to any committee or person may be performed or exercised by the committee or person in the name and on behalf of the Council.
(6) No delegation under this section shall prevent the performance, discharge or exercise of any function, duty or power by the Council.