ARUA.  School administrators in the West Nile region have expressed gratitude following the launch of a digital platform aimed at improving the education management system in the region.

The platform dubbed ‘transforming education through digital innovations,’ an e-innovation by Service Cops is expected to ease payment and collection of school fees by parents and school administrators.

Mr Mathias Kamugaso, the Managing Director Service Cops, the brain behind the digital school pay innovation said the platform will among other issues, address school fees payment, school management, easy access to financing by parents, e-learning and ease access to insurance services.

According to Kamugaso, the two years’ project will see all schools both in rural and urban areas in the greater north and West Nile region, put on the school pay networks.

“We have been waiting for this day for a long time, why, because we are joining the digital world. Parents used to move from one place to another to pay school fees, but with this innovation, it is just a matter of a click on their phone to pay school fees, and we are also bringing for them easy access to savings and loans using their phones,” Kamugaso said.

Mr Eliakim Matua, the head teacher of Mvara SS where the digital innovation was launched for the region over the weekend explained that the system will help them to eliminate unnecessary protocols like queues and delays that have dragged many schools backwards.

Matua noted that the innovation will also help schools easily identify a problem with school fees payment and immediately take action to address them hence saving time.

Meanwhile Mr Raymond Ombere, the Principal Education Officer of Arua City urged the different school administrators to embrace the digital school pay innovation, saying it will help to save parents and schools from spending more money on travel and also get rid of fraud and forgery by some students.

The launch was also attended by officials from various banking institutions and telecom companies.

According to the design of the digital education innovation project, banks will open e-accounts for schools which in turn will allocate codes for each student to make payments while the telecom companies will provide internet and network for the transactions to be done on smart phones at any spot where there is a network.

School pay came into effect in 2016, but was not highly embraced by schools mainly due to lack of adequate smart phones, poor network and fear among parents and schools of losing money in space during transactions.