ed-tech: Education ministry warns against ed-tech scams, issues advisory | India News

NEW DELHI: The Union education ministry has advised parents, students and all stakeholders in school education to be careful while opting for online content and coaching being offered by ed-tech companies.
The MoE, in its advisory issued on Thursday, said it has come to the notice of the department of school education that some ed-tech companies are luring parents in the garb of offering free services and getting electronic fund transfer (EFT) mandates signed or auto-debit option activated. According to the advisory, the decision to opt for such services has to be well considered by following several dos and don’ts and offers of free services must be carefully evaluated.
The ministry has suggested all stakeholders within the education ecosystem to — avoid using the automatic debit option for payment of subscription fee; read the terms and conditions thoroughly before acknowledging the acceptance of learning software/device as the person’s IP address and/or personal data may be tracked; avoid asking for a tax invoice statement for purchase of educational devices loaded with contents/app purchases/pendrive learning; do a detailed background check of the ed-tech company; verify the quality of content provided by ed-tech companies and make sure that it is in line with the syllabus; and ensure the study material is easily comprehensible by the child, among others.
Other safety measures suggested include activating parental controls and safety features on the device or in the

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