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Edtech taking off in Southeast Asia

Digital services can fill gaps left by lack of teachers, schools, materials

Kindergartners in Thailand use Taamkru materials. (Photo by Sadachika Watanabe)

TOKYO -- Southeast Asia is proving to be fertile ground for internet-enabled education startups. Many countries in the region have creaking school systems that are now being asked to find room for swelling numbers of youths.

"Edtech" is stepping up. In Indonesia, startup Ruangguru is collaborating with municipalities. The provincial government of South Sumatra is using Ruangguru's online learning materials, which are designed to prepare students for high school entrance exams.

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