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Rwanda: Parents encouraged to use digital payments while paying school fees

Parents have been urged to start using digital payment systems to pay school fees before the new school year begins in September.

This is part of a national awareness campaign on digital payments which is championed by the Ministry of ICT and Innovation (MINICT).

The campaign aims to accelerate the adoption of cashless across the country, and at an event that took place in Huye district on Friday July 22, traders, parents, students and the public were all encouraged to embrace digital payment as it facilitates transactions.

“We want to educate the public about using a cashless mode for paying, transacting, selling, and also other needs, but we also want to encourage parents and students to start using this method even in paying school fees, instead of waiting in long queues in banking halls,” said local government minister Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi.

Paula Ingabire, the Minister of ICT and Innovation, explained why they also intend to collect the opinion of the public on the reasons why some citizens still do not use cashless payment and try to find solutions to their complaints.

“When we were in the pandemic, where we were all using cashless payment methods, there was a huge impact where digital transactions increased tenfold, which shows that Rwandans understand the cashless method,” said she declared.

She added that the campaign is another way to raise awareness of services that can help the public with digital payment methods and to urge service owners to reach out to the public and educate them while finding solutions. to their reasons.

One of the service providers, Emmanuel Nkurunziza, managing director of UrID Technologies, which has implemented digital payment where people can pay using a palm reader, said the public is very interested. to enter the world of payment without using cash.

“We have approached citizens with simple solutions where one will only use the palm of the hand to transact and one will not be required to enter a password, but some are still hesitant to adopt it. is therefore important to educate citizens on the benefits of using cashless payments.”

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Rwanda: Parents encouraged to use digital payments while paying school fees

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