COVID-19 Learning Loss and Recovery: Panel Data Evidence from India

AbstractWe use a near-representative household panel survey of ∼19,000 primary-school-aged children in rural Tamil Nadu to study the extent of ‘learning loss’ after COVID-19 school closures, the pace of recovery in the months after schools reopened, and the role of a flagship compensatory intervention introduced by the state government. Students…

India’s edtech startups are failing to regulate themselves

In January, after the government issued an advisory asking citizens to be cautious before signing up for online courses, edtech companies had come together to form a self-regulatory body, the India EdTech Consortium (IEC). IEC has identified sales, loans, content, and teacher effectiveness as some of the most important issues…

Andhra signs MoU with BYJU’s: Class 8-10 govt school students to get tablets

BYJU’s online courses will be included in the Andhra school curriculum, with the goal that in 2025, all government school students can write the CBSE Class 10 board exam, the government has said. In a release, the Andhra Pradesh government has said that the project — aimed at enhancing digital…

“How Dare They Peep into My Private Life?” Children’s Rights Violations by Governments that Endorsed Online Learning During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Unbeknownst to him, an invisible swarm of tracking technologies surveil Rodin’s online interactions throughout his day. Within milliseconds of Rodin logging into class in the morning, his school’s online learning platform begins tracking Rodin’s physical location—at home in his family’s living room, where he has spent most of his days…