GOI Issues Advisory Against Ed-Tech Companies in India

GOI Issues Advisory Against Ed-Tech Companies in India

Recently the Ministry of Education has issued an advisory for regulation of Education Technology (Ed-Tech Companies) platform.

  • This step has been taken in the backdrop of various complaints in the Department of School Education and Literacy.
  • In these complaints, the Ministry has been informed that some Ed-tech companies are luring parents by offering them free services.
  • This advisory includes opting out of the automatic debit option for payment, signing up for a loan, and choosing not to register for credit or debit cards.
  • Apart from this, it has also suggested to read and follow the child safety guidelines mentioned in the PRADYATA guidelines by the Ministry of Education before using any Ed-tech platform.
  • Ed-Tech is an option to introduce information technology tools in the classroom for a more engaging, inclusive and personalized learning experience.
  • It enables scalability and speed using a ‘direct to the device’ model.
  • It eliminates geographical barriers. This helps the students to get high quality education from top institutes.
  • There are more than 4,500 startups active in Ed-Tech in India.

Need for Regulation of Ed-Tech Industry:

  • There is a lack of clarity on aspects such as data collection, storage, processing and potential monetization by Ed-tech companies.
  • Malicious use of this sensitive data by unauthorized people and groups can result in crimes like social-engineering, financial crimes and fraud, cyber-bullying, user tracking, identity theft, etc.
  • The privacy policies of Ed-tech companies are uncertain and unclear.

Social and ethical concerns related to the Ed-tech industry

  • Distribution of bias based content.
  • Inherent influence on career decisions
  • Less effort to develop and re-skill teachers
  • Standardization and moderation of content without regulatory approval.

Source – The Hindu

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