[South Africa] Karri partners with Nedbank to launch a mobile payment app for schools
With large amounts of cash and very little security, schools are now becoming an easy target for criminals. Numerous schools across the country have already been raided with several serious incidents and even fatalities.
In partnership with Nedbank, Karri has now introduced a mobile payment app to address this growing problem. The app enables parents to send money securely to their child’s school at the click of a button. There are already hundreds of schools countrywide that are using Karri successfully, with most now refusing to accept cash payments from parents.
The app offers a simple alternative to children bringing cash to school by allowing parents to make payments via an app on their smartphone. It is free for parents to use and there are no hidden costs or sign-up fees for the school.
Karri’s CEO Doug Hoernle says a cashless future should be pursued. "With little to no security in schools, having large amounts of cash on school premises is a constant worry for everyone. It is scary to think that this could make your school an easy target for criminals and the thought of your child being caught up in a school robbery is a truly frightening one."
"Cash in schools should be completely eradicated and done so with a sense of urgency. The reality is that there are still schools asking parents to send their children to school with cash for events and collections. Why are they still sending children to school with cash, surely with the rising number of school robberies in South Africa, it is now time to change," he adds.
The app is directed at parents, teachers and schools, and aims to alleviate the inconveniences of paying for all types of school activities and other fundraising efforts. For schools, using this app will help eliminate collecting, counting and banking cash. It also reduces time spent on administrative tasks by teachers, and allows for an overview of all funds being transacted for all events throughout the year.
With a system like Karri, there is absolutely no reason for schools to have cash on site at any point. The app offers a fully comprehensive financial management system with a user-friendly dashboard where teachers can create events and collections with ease, monitor payments and consolidate collections.
"Parents, take action now and recommend Karri to your child’s school today. By completely eliminating the element of cash on your school’s premises you are creating a safer, happier environment for everyone," he concludes.
With Karri, creating a cash-free environment is simple and it also creates a safer environment for teachers and students alike. The app is available for download from the iStore or Google Play Store.