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Amazon to close online learning academy in India

The Amazon Academy platform, launched early last year amid a boom in virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, offered training for competitive exams.

The liquidation comes at a time when several edtech companies are reeling under pressure to reopen schools and training centers across India after Covid-19 induced lockdowns.  Credit: Reuters Photo

Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would shut down its online learning platform for high school students in India less than two years after it launched, without citing a reason.

The Amazon Academy platform, launched early last year amid a boom in virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, offered training for competitive exams, including the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), which allows entry to the best Engineering colleges across India.

Based on an evaluation, the e-commerce giant said in a statement that it had made the decision to discontinue Amazon Academy “in a phased manner to serve existing customers.”

Read also | Union Labor Ministry summons Amazon for layoffs

The liquidation comes at a time when several edtech companies are reeling under pressure to reopen schools and training centers across India after Covid-19 induced lockdowns.

Last month, industry leader Byju’s had said it would lay off 2,500 employees as it tries to turn profitable.

Other players Unacademy, Toppr, WhiteHat Jr and Vedantu had also announced layoffs earlier this year, according to local media reports.

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