Min­istry drafts first bill to reg­u­late sec­re­tar­ial staffers

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The Pub­lic Ser­vice min­istry has drafted a bill to pro­vide a self-reg­u­lat­ing mech­a­nism for the sec­re­tar­ial pro­fes­sion.

The bill, if en­acted, will be the first law to reg­u­late the pro­fes­sion since In­de­pen­dence. The Kenya Sec­re­taries’ Bill 2016 still awaits Cabi­net ap­proval be­fore be­ing for­warded to Par­lia­ment.

Pub­lic Ser­vice PS Lil­ian Omollo said the new law could be in place in April next year. “The new law will pro­vide mech­a­nisms for reg­u­la­tion of train­ing, pro­mo­tion and labour is­sues,” she said.

Omollo spoke on Thurs­day last week at the Kenya Na­tional Sec­re­taries As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence in Kakamega.

She said sec­re­taries and of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tors are “a for­got­ten lot” in terms of pro­mo­tions and CBA agree­ments.

The bill also es­tab­lishes a board to su­per­vise and con­trol train­ing stan­dards, con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cred­i­ta­tion and dis­ci­pline of sec­re­tar­ial pro­fes­sion­als.

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