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Australian School Children to be Offer Mobile Payments Service

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Australian schools are to expand a trial of mobile payments by pupils using their smartphones.

Launched in partnership with MasterCard, QkR aims to streamline payment processing for schools, whilst offering parents control, convenience and choice.

The QkR technology has been piloted across 8 schools in Victoria since July 2013. It is currently in use by over 17 schools across Australia and is now available for schools to implement nationwide.

The company claimed that pilot schools have experienced significant shifts away from cash payments, with up to 80 per cent of cash displaced by QkR in the opening months of roll out.

Victoria Minister for Education, The Hon Martin Dixon MP said: "Technology plays an important role in reducing the administrative burden. It has allowed our schools to focus on what they do best - educating our future generations. I am pleased that Victorian schools led the roll out of this technology in Australia."

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