Amazon to close India’s online learning academy

BENGALURU: Amazon.com announced on Thursday that it would discontinue its online learning platform for high-school students in India, less than two years after it launched. No reason was given.

The Amazon Academy portal, which began early last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, provided preparation for competitive tests such as the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which provides admittance into top engineering universities across India.

According to a statement, the e-commerce giant decided to stop Amazon Academy “in a progressive manner to take care of current consumers” based on an assessment.

The shutdown comes as various edtech firms are under pressure as schools and coaching centers reopen across India following COVID-19-induced lockdowns.

Last month, industry leader Byju announced 2,500 job cuts as it strives to become profitable.

According to local media sources, other players Unacademy, Toppr, WhiteHat Jr, and Vedantu, also announced layoffs earlier this year.