As a school, we realise that making small payments for collections can be time-consuming and frustrating for you. Having to find the exact change needed, an envelope for the money and hoping that your child delivers it to their teacher is an inconvenience. Then there’s the issue of diarising the event and keeping track of multiple school events within your busy work schedule. We believe we have found the solution and we are excited to announce that we will be using a new payment application that will help alleviate these issues.
The benefits of this app are applicable to both you as a parent and us as your school. Having cash on our school premises is a constant concern, as it is a security and safety risk, as well as a burden to our staff members. The app we are introducing will more importantly, benefit you as a parent in that you are easily able to pay for small transactions at the click of a button and stop the dreaded search for the right change at the last minute. This will also remove the responsibility and pressure from your child and will replace the need for sending envelopes of cash to school for various collections such as Eats & Treats, tuck shop lunch, raffles, class photos, etc.
There is NO charge to the parents for this application. It is free to download from either the Apple Store or Google Play Store, plus it uses less data than Whatsapp.
The application is called Karri (a Zulu word for small change). Karri is an innovative mobile payment application that allows you to make quick payments for school collections using your smartphone. Karri is powered by Nedbank but will work with any bank ensuring the safety and security of all information loaded onto the app. It is therefore fully POPI and PCI DSS compliant with stringent internal measures. We have furthermore entered into a contractual agreement with Karri to guarantee this.
You only need an email address to access the app. Please expect an email/SMS directly from Karri asking you to download the app and then sign up with your email address. Existing users from other schools can just log in. Karri has linked students and parents in advance.
We would really appreciate your support in striving to be a cash-free environment. For further queries or information visit the Karri website.