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PROJECT TOPIC: ASSESSMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING OF SECRETARIAL STUDIES IN ABMROSE ALLI UNIVERSITY EKPOMA, EDO STATE

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CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

Background of the Study

The word secretary comes from a Latin word “Secret” originally it means one trusted with the secrets and confidence of a superior. No one knows exactly when secretaries originated. The role arose out of the natural need for a prominent person whom confidential matters could be entrusted and who acts as an assistant for a principal. It is known that secretaries existed in Rome prior to the establishment of the empire. They were usually educated men who took dictation as “Scribe” and oftentimes acted as trusted advisors.

Secretarial profession had started as far back as 1920. Prior to the advent of Technological facilities improvement, such as computer, word processor, and Electric typewriter etc. Secretaries used reed pen in taking shorthand dictations, processing minutes and letters that rather makes their job boring and less interesting.

 

Secretarial studies has as it compulsory shorthand and typing, and as a discipline it has gone beyond just the training of young men and women to be able to make use of the typewriter and do note taking in shorthand. The discipline is now more scientific and more elaborate to cover many areas of administration and management. With the introduction of computers in the last century, secretaries have been assigned with more duties than ever before.

Secretary education is ax component of vocation that provides knowledge and skill for would-be confidential secretary to perform efficiently and effectively in the world of work. The Nigeria University that offer Business Education (secretary option), face some challenges in a bid to provide the desire knowledge, skills and competencies to secretary students in office technology and information system, they also lack adequate lad for shorthand drilling    and typewriting, computers and internet facilities in their laboratories to provide the secretary students with knowledge, s kill and competencies needed in the advanced office technology and information system.


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