Act On The Acquisition Of Academic Degrees Through Self-Education


Published: 2008-02-29

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 Article 1 (Purpose)   print
The purpose of this Act is to provide opportunities for autodidacts to obtain bachelor’s degrees so as to embody the idea of continuing education and contribute to the fulfillment of individual potential and the development of the State and society.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
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 Article 2 (Duties of State)   print
The State shall afford autodidacts necessary facilities so that they may take bachelor’s degrees (hereinafter referred to as "degrees").
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
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 Article 3 (Examination Administration Authority, etc.)   print
(1) The Minister of Education, Science and Technology shall administer examinations for the acquisition of degrees by autodidacts (hereinafter referred to as "examination"). <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Necessary matters regarding the administration of examinations shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
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 Article 4 (Qualifications for Application)   print
(1) A person who has graduated form a high school or is recognized as having an equivalent or higher academic background is qualified to apply for an examination.
(2) Qualifications for taking step-by-step certification tests for the courses of study referred to in Article 5 (1) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
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 Article 5 (Steps and Subjects of Examination)   print
(1) Each examination shall consist of step-by-step tests for the following courses of study: Provided, That with respect to those who hold a certain academic background or qualifications as prescribed by Presidential Decree, all or part of certification tests for the courses of study under subparagraphs 1 through 3 or of subjects of such tests may be exempted:
1. Certification test for liberal arts courses;
2. Certification test for fundamental courses of special study;
3. Certification test for advanced courses of special study;
4. Comprehensive test for the acquisition of a degree.
(2) The subjects of test for each course of study under paragraph (1) shall be determined by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
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 Article 5-2 (Measures against Persons Cheating during Examination, etc.)   print
(1) With respect to any person who has cheated in an examination or misrepresented any of his/her qualifications in an application, etc. for an examination, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology shall suspend or nullify the examination taken by such person, and disqualify such person from applying for an examination for three years from the date such measure is taken. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The Minister of Education, Science and Technology shall hold a hearing if he/she intends to nullify the examination taken by an examinee in accordance with paragraph (1). <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
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 Article 6 (Conferment, etc. of Degrees)   print
(1) The Minister of Education, Science and Technology shall confer a degree on any person who has passed a comprehensive test for the acquisition of such degree under Article 5 (1) 4, notwithstanding Article 35 (1) of the Higher Education Act. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Necessary matters regarding the conferment of degrees under paragraph (1) and other scholastic administration shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
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 Article 7 (Delegation of Authority)   print
The Minister of Education, Science and Technology may entrust the administration of examinations, scholastic administration and other affairs concerning the acquisition of degrees through self-education, to the President of the National Institute for Lifelong Education established pursuant to the Lifelong Education Act, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007]
ADDENDUM
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA<Act No. 4268, Dec. 27, 1990>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 10 Omitted.
ADDENDUM<Act No. 5208, Dec. 30, 1996>
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 1997.
ADDENDA<Act No. 6400, Jan. 29, 2001>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDUM<Act No. 7073, Jan. 20, 2004>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA<Act No. 8676, Dec. 14, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force two months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 16 Omitted.
ADDENDUM<Act No. 8707, Dec. 21, 2007>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA<Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.