Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 21/03/2014. Tags: Education And Politics Parenting
The Central Bank has asked the Department of Education to encourage all schools to offer parents the choice to make payments by electronic means by 2016. These payments would include voluntary contributions and payments for school trips and rental schemes.
The Central Bank's 'Payments in Irish Schools' Report
says that 9 out of 10 parents currently pay these using cash or cheques, with the majority being cash. The Report by the Central Bank explores how payments are made to and from schools and is based on two surveys conducted in 2013 as part of the National Payments Plan (NPP). The report details the difficulties for schools in managing cash, including security concerns, and the significant time involved in managing cash payments.
The Report outlines that some schools have had to store large ammounts of money on the premises, and this also added to administration work. Going digital and adding in more transactions, however, would cost both schools and parents more in possible transaction charges, while saving on admin costs. A digital trail of the money coming into a school would also help when it came to doing an audit of the accounts.
In their Press Release the Central Banks says the results show also indicate that not only do schools want to use electronic payments more but that parents do too. Currently, cash is the method most often used by parents for making payments. However the surveys show that the majority (56%) of parents said that they would make payments by electronic methods if schools had the systems in place to enable them to do so. 96% of parents surveyed had access to a bank account.
The NPP Chairman Tony Grimes said: “The NPP recommends that the Department of Education and Skills establishes a national programme with the objective that all schools offer parents the choice to make payments by electronic means by 2016.” The Department of Education, however, said it was "one of the areas to be further analysed under the Department's External Service Delivery (ESD) Plan for 2014-2106".