China’s Ministry of Education on Monday suspended the filing and review process for homework search apps that allow students to upload pictures of exam questions and search for related answers.
Why it matters: The move signals an extension ofChina’s sweeping edtech crackdown that began in July with the online after-school tutoring sector targeting K-12 students, once the most lucrative sector of China’s private tutoring market.
Details: The education ministry said in the Monday statement (in Chinese) that it will suspend the filing and review process for all homework apps targeting primary and middle school curriculum courses, pausing approvals for related edtech apps. Those apps already listed on its filing platform must be taken down.
- The review process and relisting of homework apps will resume once developers get approval from local educational authorities.
- Online tutoring apps that could be affected include…