An electronic method of payment of registration and examination fees for students in Government Secondary schools has been launched.
The new system was introduced by the Minister of Secondary Education, Dr Nalova Lyonga to improve transparency and accountability in schools.
“Parents should not pay cash to any teacher,” she noted.
The new system entails the digital payment of these fees either through mobile money or using the postal services.
The innovation was presented to officials of the secondary education sector during a preparatory meeting ahead of the start of the new school year in September.
Students will be expected collects a registration form at their respective schools. The form will indicate the name of school, the code of the school, the name of student, the student’s date of birth and the reason for payment.
The form and cash to be paid will be taken to any mobile money branch or post office for payment.
In the meantime, the school would receive a notification once the amount is paid.
The method saves time as there is no need to line up to pay registration and exam fees,the Head of the Department of Judicial Affairs at the Ministry of Secondary Education, Leopold Djomnang Tchatchouang explains.
As concerns practicality in rural areas, the operators explained that the system can be used in every part of Cameroon.
Just like every innovation, many parents and even teachers are still to understand the process but that notwithstanding, the process has been launched and is operational.
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi