Education Department advises parents and students to be cautious about engaging with electronics technology companies

Notice asks parents and students to avoid using the direct debit option for payment of subscription fees

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Posted on 12/23/21, 11:26 PM

The Education Department on Thursday released an elaborate notice to parents and students dealing with education teaching companies, urging them, among other things, to exercise caution when making payments.

The notice asks them to avoid using the direct debit option for payment of subscription fees.

“It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of School Education and Literacy that some electronic technology companies attract parents by offering them free services and having them sign the electronic funds transfer mandate (EFT) or by activating the automatic debit function, in particular targeting vulnerable families, ”the ministry said in a statement.

Given the ubiquitous impact of technology in education, many electronics technology companies have started offering courses, tutorials, coaching for competitive exams and the like in online mode, the ministry said.

The ministry said parents, students and all school education stakeholders should exercise caution when deciding to opt for online content and coaching offered by a multitude of electronics technology companies. .

“Some electronics technology companies may offer the Free-Premium business model where much of their services may appear free at first glance, but to gain access to lifelong learning, students must opt ​​for a paid subscription. Enabling direct debit may result in a child accessing paid features without realizing that they are no longer accessing free services offered by the ed-tech company, ”the notice said.

He also advised users to request a tax invoice statement for the purchase of educational devices loaded with content / app purchase / USB flash drive learning.

“Do not take out any loan you are not aware of. Do not install any ed-tech mobile application without verifying its authenticity. Avoid registering credit / debit cards on subscription applications. Secure one. upper limit to spend per transaction, ”says the board.

He also warned them against adding personal data like emails, phone numbers, card details, addresses, etc. online, as these details could be sold or misused in the future.

“Do not share personal videos and photos. Be careful not to turn on the video feature or make video calls on an unverified platform. Keep your child’s safety first. Do not subscribe to any courses unverified due to their false promises. ”It said.

He also advised against trusting success stories shared by electronics technology companies without proper verification, as they could be a trap to attract more audiences.

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