Free wifi has been provided to a village in Maharashtra’s Latur district as a part of the initiative Sundar Maza Gav suggested by divisional commissioner Sunil Kendrekar and BaLA (Building as Learning Aid) initiative of Zilla Parishad CEO Abhinav Goyal. The initiative is taken forward to make represent the village as a smart model village. The free wifi will aid the school and college students to attend classes online.
A study covering 5,811 participants has revealed that, despite the minimum age barrier, 37.8% of children aged 10 years access Facebook, and 24.3% use Instagram. However, Instagram was found to be more popular among children. Reportedly, the age limit for creating a Facebook or an Instagram account is 13 years. Besides, it is found that 62.8% of children access the internet through their parents' phones.
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In a bid to expand its presence in the USA's education market, Bangalore-based startup Byju's will acquire the digital reading platform "Epic" for $500 million. Epic is regarded as the world's largest digital reading platform for kids 12 and under, which hosts a million teachers and 50 million kids use the platform. Meanwhile, Byju's founder Raveendran said the expansion will ''hugely accelerate'' our revenue by March 2022.
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Contrary to the last year's academic enrolment of 29.83 lakh students in Haryana's private schools, the state saw a decline of 12.5 lakh enrolments this year. Suggesting the possibility of drop-outs, several officials expressed the inability to pay fees as the reason. While several individuals have mentioned the lack of access to online education in this pandemic.
Bengaluru-based EduTech platform Byju's on April 5 revealed that the company, through a merger, has acquired Aakash Educational Services Limited. Planning to invest further in Aakash, Byju’s will allow the services of Aakash to be independently operated by founders JC Chaudhary and Aakash Chaudhary. BYJU’s founder Byju Raveendran said the new hybrid system will create impactful experiences for students with the help of over 200 brick-and-… read-more
According to a UNICEF data, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly 247 million children in India as 1.5 million schools were forced to shut down. The data stated only one in four students, enrolled in elementary and secondary schools, had access to digital devices and internet connectivity. It also indicated that nearly six million students alarmingly dropped out even before the COVID-crisis began. The data suggested that approximately 888… read-more
Emerging as a ray of hope to the needy and underprivileged people during the times of pandemic, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood will now help underprivileged children to access online education. Announcing his new mission through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts, the philanthropic actor disclosed that this mission would ensure no student in the nation misses their online classes. While he did not… read-more
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The West Bengal government has decided to transfer Rs 10,000 to the bank accounts of 9.5 lakh students of class 12 to buy smart devices for online learning. Earlier, the state government had decided to give smart tablets to students. However, the idea has been dropped since they could not procure numerous devices within a short period. CM Mamata Banerjee has assured the grant would be transferred within three weeks.
India's 'ed-tech' business, with big players like Unacademy and Byju's, has reported a record funding of $1.95 billion in 2020. Reportedly, the growth measured from the beginning of 2020 till present showed a 31% increase than the combined funding of $1.48 billion in the last five years. Experts have believed that the investments had increased due to an increased demand owing to the closure of schools in the pandemic.
Citing the Annual State of Education Report (ASER), West Bengal government has announced that the state achieved the least dropout rate among school students. As per TMC statement, while the dropout rate in WB declined to 1.5% from 3.3%, the national figure rose to 5.5% from 4%. Authorities said the improvement was due to the state’s policy of distributing curriculum-based books to every child in state-run schools and providing online… read-more
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