A body that ensures that the official regulations applying to a particular type of institution or activity are obeyed.

example of use

Finally, in many countries, education authorities have been granting greater freedom to individual schools to manage their own affairs, or, as a result of being constantly required to negotiate with unions even small changes in practice, have been losing control over what goes on in schools. The erosion of the role of school inspectorates illustrates this trend (Kellaghan and Greaney, 2001: 31).

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