Coronavirus outbreak: As schools shut down, Byju’s makes its app free for all students

Coronavirus outbreak: As schools shut down, Byju’s makes its app free for all students
  • Byju’s announced that it will make its learning app free for all students until the end of April.
  • Students in Classes 1-3 can access Math and English lessons and students in Classes 4-12 can learn Math and Science concepts on the BYJU’S app.
  • Schools in Delhi, Bengaluru and Kerala are shut with the rising number of positive cases.
As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads across India, more and more states are shutting down schools. As lakhs of students miss school, edtech unicorn Byju’s said that it will make its learning app free for all students until the end of April.

Students in Classes 1-3 can access Math and English lessons and students in Classes 4-12 can learn Math and Science concepts on the app.

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According to a UNESCO report, over 290 million students across 22 countries will be impacted because of the COVID-19 crisis. The UNESCO had also proposed distance learning as the way ahead.

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“With 250 million school-going students in India, it is of paramount importance that their health is protected while also ensuring that their learning does not get interrupted,” said Byju's.

As the number of infected people shot up, governments have been taking action to prevent the spread of the virus. The Delhi government announced that all schools will be shut until March 31. After Karnataka confirmed its first positive Coronavirus case, Bengaluru also shut down all of its primary schools.

Meanwhile, Kerala, where there are 17 cases currently, has also shut down its schools for the month of March.

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The total number of confirmed positive cases in India currently stands at 62.

The unicorn which has extended the gesture, turned profitable in 2019. The startup reported that its revenue tripled to reach ₹14.3 billion in the financial year ending March 2019. These swollen revenues come at the back of increase in its paid user base, which stood at 2.4 million. The number doubled from 2018, when it was 1.26 million.

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