- Edtech company BYJU’s, which is one of UNESCO’s distance learning sites, experienced a staggering 150 % rise in new enrollments with 6 million new students.
- Indian students have made the transition to online learning alternatives with the suspension of classes due to a national lockout.
Indian students have made the transition to online learning alternatives with the suspension of classes due to a national lockout.
Since launching free access in March, Edtech company BYJU’s, which is on UNESCO’s list of distance learning sites, experienced a staggering 150 percent rise in new enrollments. This makes up 6 million new students in a month’s time for BYJU’s
“This reiterates the fact that online learning mediums are a great enabler in helping students learn from home,” said Byju’s COO Mrinal Mohit.
In reality, the application, which as of December 2019 had 2.8 million paying users, saw the first week of a 60 percent rise in new registrations.
“Education from home was more necessary than ever because of the temporary closing of the school. Students need a comprehensive and effective approach that will help them keep learning from the comfort of their homes, “added Mrinal.
The edtech platform recently also launched free live classes, catering to students in grades 4 to 12. Students can access the tools, pick any subject, and schedule a slot to learn it through the Byju app. On the platform, students in classes 4-12 can learn the concepts of math and science.
The UN has curated a list of distance learning sites for schools and teachers to remotely meet the learners. Byju’s was the only Indian edtech company to appear on the list of ‘distance learning solutions.’
Across the world, as many as 850 million students suffer from the suspension of classes across 102 countries, as UNESCO reports.
‘We have now added free’ Online Lessons ‘to our website, after making our content free to assist students earlier, where students can attend 3-4 daily sessions every week. Live classes would add a schedule to their learning along with the existing content available on the app, and give them access to good teachers – something they are lacking now. Our live classes will remain free for students across the country until the current situation persists,” Mrinal added.
BYJU’s experienced a 60 percent rise in the number of new students using the app to learn from home every day since it announced.
Other similar apps such as Unacademy also have experienced surge in their platform due to ongoing lockdown and students resorting to the online method of studying.