In the last few hours, complaints from parents have circulated on the net, signaling the danger that distance learning via the telephone line entails large burdens in the family budget. In which cases can this happen?
It is known that the Ministry of Education provides for the possibility in the context of webex distance learning for connection by telephone when there is no Internet possibility. The procedure is simple and involves a phone call and the use of the ten-digit room code. However, the impression was created that this is a free call and service. But after a careful check of some parents it seems that the whole system can incur exorbitant costs if there are no certain prerequisites.
To be clear. Public e-learning via WebEx phone call is done at a local rate, when the provider does not have the package of unlimited free calls to landlines.
In case the student does not have a PC or a mobile phone or a 3G / 4G signal The distance learning instructions give as an alternative way to connect the connection to the lesson via landline (incoming call) to listen to the lesson from the telephone.
The telephone number to which the student must connect is 211 9902394, that is a landline telephone of a private provider and not a free line (800 something).
The charge from the fixed network, if there is no unlimited call plan to the fixed network, is the classic charge from the fixed network: € 0.18 / minute. That is € 10.8 / hour
Therefore, for a program of 5 – 7 hours of lessons of 40 minutes around € 250 for five days over € 1,000 per month.
Obviously such a thing has been quite rare since then Most companies provide standard unlimited landline calls.
But many parents are unaware of the charge and still consider it free. So be very careful not to be surprised …
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