The real tragedy of Lido Learning’s failure

The collapse of the online tutorial platform leaves in its wake a string of broken promises that might have severe repercussions for the edtech ecosystem.

On the phone, KN’s emotions alternate between shock and anger. She keeps repeating that her husband is in the police and will not spare them.

KN is a software engineer from Hyderabad. In January, she enrolled her 11-year-old son with Lido Learning—an online tutorial platform that teaches math, science, coding and English to children between kindergarten and class 12—to brush up on his English. 

“I wanted to enroll him for English, but they said it would be better if I went with the full package,” says KN. “They looked nice and told us if marks don’t improve, they will refund …


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