China bans educational apps for preschoolers to reduce smartphone addiction

In a regressive move, education authorities in Beijing banned new education apps for preschoolers and nodded in removing existing ones as they continue a crackdown on tutoring in the country.

Mobile apps that target preschoolers have been specifically banned in line with the latest decree issued by Chinese authorities to reduce children’s screen time and smartphone addiction which is becoming a social problem in China, media reported. local.

Additionally, tutoring apps targeting all ages must not provide “negative or unwanted information,” “or contain game links or advertisements,” according to a regulation co-enacted by city governments on Monday. education, cyberspace and communications. The draft rule was published in February.

In July last year, Chinese authorities announced an outright ban on for-profit tutoring services for core school subjects in a bid to improve the quality of education and increase the rate of the country’s declining birth rate. Chinese authorities have banned tutoring, dealing a massive blow to the tutoring industry worth $120 billion (about Rs. 9,28,630 crore). On July 24, Chinese regulators released reforms that will fundamentally change the business model for private companies teaching the school curriculum. Beijing hopes to overhaul the sector which it says has been taken over by capitalism.

The move has caused New York-listed Chinese tutoring firm New Oriental Education & Technology Group to cut its workforce by 60,000 and its shares to fall 75% since late July, news outlet Asia Financial said.

It was one of the most dramatic decisions to take place in a year, with many regulatory crackdowns across a wide range of industries.

Tencent-backed VIPKid, which claims to have 80,000 teachers in North America, now advertises adult English learning services on its website.

Since the Chinese authorities banned tutoring, industries are dealing a heavy blow to the tutoring sector worth $120 billion (about Rs. 9,28,630 crore).

Private education companies have been barred from launching an initial public offering (IPO) or hiring foreign teachers based outside of China, Asia Financial reported.


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