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ed-tech: Ministry of Education warns of ed-tech scams and issues advisory | India News

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Education has advised parents, students and all school education stakeholders to be cautious when opting for online content and coaching offered by electronic technology companies.
The education ministry, in its notice released on Thursday, said it had been told by the school education ministry that some electronic tech companies were pushing parents to offer free services and get transfer warrants signed or signed. electronic funds (EFT). automatic debit option activated. According to the opinion, the decision to opt for such services should be carefully considered by following several dos and don’ts and the free service offers should be carefully evaluated.
The ministry suggested to all stakeholders within the education ecosystem: – avoid using the automatic debit option for payment of subscription fees; read the terms and conditions carefully before acknowledging acceptance of the learning software / device as the person’s IP address and / or personal data may be tracked; avoid asking for a tax invoice for the purchase of educational devices loaded with content / app purchases / learning by USB key; do a detailed background check of the ed-tech company; check the quality of the content provided by ed-tech companies and ensure that it complies with the program; and making sure that the study material is easily understood by the child, among others.
Other suggested security measures include enabling parental controls and security features on the device or in the app or browser, as this allows you to restrict access to certain content and limit your spending. purchase of apps and helps the child understand that certain features of educational apps are used to encourage more spending.
Parents should follow the child safety guidelines mentioned in the Department of Education’s PRAGYATA guidelines before using an ed-tech platform, according to the advisory.
By asking parents and students not to blindly trust the advertisements of electronic technology companies, they have also been asked not to take out loans that they are not aware of. Other things not to do are not to install mobile ed-tech apps without verifying authenticity, avoid credit / debit card registration on apps for subscriptions, add data such as emails, contact numbers, card details, addresses, etc. online because the data can be sold or used for subsequent scams and for not sharing personal videos and photos, among others.
The ministry also urged stakeholders not to trust “success stories” shared by electronics technology companies without proper verification and not to share bank details and OTP number with marketing staff.
The advisory said that before purchasing content, stakeholders can also explore government initiatives. “Free content / textbooks / digital labs / e-learning labs for all classes have been made available online, ensuring quality and access for all by the Ministry of Education, its autonomous organizations and all states / UTs that can be used effectively for learning and can be accessed here (but not limited to), ”he said.