Government issues advisory on companies’ use of electronic technology for online coaching | Latest India News
The Education Department released the notice after several cases of fraud at electronics technology companies were reported
New Delhi: The Center issued an advisory on Thursday warning parents and students to be careful when opting for online coaching offered by electronics technology companies (education powered by technology). The government has asked stakeholders to carefully assess the “free services” promised by these companies.
The Education Department released the notice after several cases of fraud at electronics technology companies were reported.
“The Department of School Education and Literacy has learned that some electronic technology companies are attracting parents by offering them free services and having them sign the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) mandate or by activating the function of automatic debit, especially targeting vulnerable families, ”the ministry said.
According to the notice, parents and students have been urged to avoid the automatic debit option for paying subscription fees to these companies because electronics technology companies may offer “free premium business models” that may seem free at first, but for access to lifelong learning. , students will have to opt for a paid subscription.
“Enabling direct debit can cause a child to access paid features without realizing that they are no longer accessing free services offered by the ed-tech company,” he said.
The government has further warned parents and students not to take out loans and to avoid registering credit or debit cards on the apps of these ed-tech platforms, and has advised against installing these applications on mobile phones without verifying their authenticity.
“Check the quality of the content provided by electronic technology companies and make sure that it is in line with the curriculum and your field of study and that it is easily understandable by your child,” he added.
Citing the 2020 Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, the ministry said, “No e-commerce entity shall engage in unfair commercial (marketing) practice, whether in the course of doing business on its platform. or otherwise. He should not falsely portray himself as a subscriber and post reviews of his products or distort the quality or characteristics of any educational content and its learning tool.