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Men urged to stop stigmatizing secretarial course

13 November 2014, 13:00 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Men are shunning from secretarial courses arguing that they are feminine, a study by Secretaries Association indicates.

A Kenya National Secretaries Association (KENASA) Assistant Executive, Jane Maina, complained that parents were advising male children to pursue other courses except secretarial claiming it is a ladies’ course.

Jane said KENASA has more than 4 000 registered members but men are less than one percent.

“Secretarial is a course like any other and is well paying. Men should withdraw stigma against it and realise that even men can work as secretaries,” said Jane.

She spoke during the opening of a two-day secretaries’ workshop on skills improvement held at Catholic Secretariat hall in Nyeri town.

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Jane observed that school leavers should enroll for the course stating that it is an open field ‘which should not be related to any gender’.

The more than 1 000 secretaries drawn from various parts of the country were urged to advance their education and embrace modern technology in order to remain relevant in the job market.

“We are also encouraging ethics in the profession so that it can remain highly regarded. Members are being sharpened on how to carry out their duties effectively,” added Jane.

KENASA was launched in year 2012 and members are drawn from both private and public sectors.

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