- BYJU’s has recorded a 60% hike in terms of new students amid the coronavirus outbreak after making the application free for all the students.
Taking into account the rising coronavirus pandemic, leading ed-tech companies have announced that they will allow millions of people in the country to learn on their websites, with BYJU’s seeing a huge 60 percent rise in new students & online traffic within a week.
Divya Gokulnath, co-founder and director of BYJU ‘S, said students are currently able to download and access BYJU ‘S learning programs for free until the end of April because of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
“We’ve experienced a 60 percent rise in the number of new students using the app to learn from home every day since our announcement last week,” she said in one statement.
The number of student and parent questions about BYJU’s home learning programs has more than doubled over the past week.
“Students from both metro and non-metro are increasingly using the app lessons. Also, students with year-end examinations (higher grades) are using video lessons to review essential concepts while younger learners are learning new concepts and getting ready for the coming year,” Gokulnath told.
On Wednesday, Edtech firm Unacademy announced opening its platform for all educational institutions around the country to come and teach live on the web.
In a series of tweets, Gaurav Munjal, co-founder and CEO of Unacademy, said that as the nation as a whole takes proactive steps to fight COVID-19, the education system has also suffered a setback, with educational institutions shutting down before the situation improves.
“At Unacademy, we believe that learning should never end, come what may. Therefore, through Unacademy, we are opening up our platform for educational institutions across the country to conduct their classes online,” Munjal said.
“They will be able to use our platform for free, without any restrictions on the hours or number of classes before the situation improves,” he said.
Akhand Swaroop Pandit, CEO, and founder of nCatalyst Group, an online learning platform for competitive exams, said they are offering students free access to various online competitive examination courses.
“Overall, we’ve seen 30-40 percent of admissions in the last two to three days and the number of students regularly attending online classes is also rising due to school shutdown and colleges,” he said.