A new class is born: the emergence of the hybrid school and invisible ed-tech companies

Students attend a class at a private school as the schools reopened after almost 11 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Synopsis

A recent survey has found that the pandemic significantly affected income and enrolments in most private schools. While “uberisation” can help address such financial and operational challenges, a hybrid model that blends offline and online teaching is another solution. A silver lining: Some ed-tech companies have come up with interesting innovations.

New messages pile up fast on a WhatsApp group of the parents of students of a private school in Bengaluru. With schools opening for higher grades, the parents are anxious. Their children’s safety, of course, is top on their minds. But there are several other questions up in the air. Will the school enforce physical classes for all? Will they continue online classes? How will it all work? At the other end, the principal of a private school is

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