Factors Affecting the Perfomance of Secretaries in an Organisation

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Current Research Journal of Social Sciences 3(2): 59-65, 2011 ISSN: 2041-3246 © Maxwell Scientific Organization, 2011 Received: November 11, 2010 Accepted: March 08, 2011

Published: March 30, 2011

Influence of Teachers’ and Students’ Attitudes Towards Performance in Shorthand in Technical Training
Silvia Kanyaa Vundi, Joseph W. Nasongo and Eunice Majanga Department of Educational Foundations, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya
Abstract: Scholastic achievement is the goal of any training. The trainee’s attitude to a subject greatly influences the outcome. This study sought to look at the influence of the learner’s attitude towards shorthand subject on one’s performance in the subject by examining the ‘self’
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Shorthand on the other hand is a course for college trainees who have already made a career choice. Poor performance in the subject by young adults thus makes the researcher seek to establish how attitudes have influenced the situation. While shorthand remains the bed-rock upon which the secretarial career is established by imparting on learners initiative, innovation and organizational skills, the failure rate in shorthand is so high that there is need to explore ways to reverse the trend. Statement of the problem: A cross-sectional survey of the target population of this study shows that the scale of

Corresponding Author: Joseph W. Nasongo, Department of Educational Foundations, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya


Curr. Res. J. Soc. Sci., 3(2): 59-65, 2011 poor performance in shorthand is over 90%. With most trainees looking forward to a secretarial career, this state poses a great concern to all stakeholders because of its manpower implications. Curriculum innovations at tertiary level have not fully addressed this issue as evidenced by the continued poor performance. While many reports have been written following poor performance at primary and secondary levels, little has been done at tertiary level. It appears like there is a silent assumption that a student at the tertiary level is an emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially mature learner; one who has already chosen a career path and is keen to attain the

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