Back to School 2018/2019: Electronic Payment of School fees not yet Operational

It is one month since the Minister of Secondary Education launched the electronic payment of tuition and examination fees.Five days to the start of the new school year, the exercise is yet to be effective.

Parents have been shuttling between schools and electronic money institutions to pay tuition fees. At the Government Bilingual Secondary School Mballa ll , some parents queue up as they wait for their turn to start the registration process.

As part of the registration formalities , a sum of seventeen thousand five hundred francs is paid to the administration as Parent Teacher Association dues. Seven thousand five hundred francs is to be paid at the electronic money institution to complete the registration fee.

Parents must go through four stages to complete the entire registration exercise. These stages are;

# Stage One
Parents fill the registration Form
# Stage two
Payment of 17,500frs being Parent Teachers Association dues
# Stage three
Fill a Personal Identification form
# Stage Four
payment of 7,500frs at an electronic money institution

Some of the parents who have gone through the first three stages of the exercise return to school in desperation. The electronic payment exercise is not yet operational.

Meanwhile, officials of the electronic money institutions concerned say they are making final touches to start on Wednesday, 29th August.

Five days to the start of the 2018/2019 academic year, no parent in Yaoundé has sucessfully registered their child in a government Secondary school.

The parents on campus say the entire process is slow, complicated and stressful.They state that all the actors in the entire chain are unprepared. The parents have put the blame on the school administration, officials of the Ministry of Secondary Education and the Electronic money institutions.

Most of the parents who have completed the first three stages, return home with hopes of completing the exercise in the hours ahead.

Kathy Neba Sina

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