Mobile network operator MTN has launched a mobile school fee paying service to enable subscribers pay school fees and transfer money to their wards while they are in school.
The service will make it easy for subscribers to pay school fees for their wards across the country when schools reopen.
The service which has been running on pilot basis for the past two years in 25 schools is also to encourage cashless payment system in the country.
Speaking at the lunch, Sales and Distribution Executive of MTN Eric Nsarkoh said the introduction of the service is to improve efforts being made to make the economy a cashless one.
He said the service will afford parents the opportunity to pay fees of their wards without being physically
present in their schools and reduce the risks associated with travelling to pay fees.
He said subscribers of the MTN Mobile Money system are already able to pay their Electricity, DSTV, GOtv bills and make transactions online.
The Mobile Money system which was introduced about a year ago has facilitated the smooth transfer of money across the country and has over 7.5 million subscribers.
Director of IT Consortium Ebow Anamoah Mensah, describing how the programme works, said schools registered on the programme will have unique pin numbers and identification number for each student.
With about 10,000 agents across the country, subscribers will be able to transfer money at any time of the day no matter their location.
He said notifications will be sent in the form of messages to the mobile devices of the subscribers anytime a transfer is made.
Accountant at the Edinaman Senior High School Peter Essun said since ithe school adopted the MTN initiateve it has contributed greatly to the payment of school fees and facilitated proper documentation of accounts in the school.
A parent who also uses the service praised MTN for introducing the programme and said it had saved her the trouble of having to queue in banks to pay fees when schools reopen.
The launch of the programme also saw the introduction of MTN’s Back to School Promotion which will reward subscribers and schools who patronize the service.