Teachers in India and EdTech: A New Part of the Gig Economy?


This chapter provides insights into the relationship between private EdTech platforms and the nature of employment they generate from the perspective of the firm. What does a firm look for in a tutor when they bring them on to do platform-mediated educational services? In the same vein, the chapter explores the nature of employment in the educational sector in India and its overlaps and relationships to precarious work, wages, expectations, and skilling. These two threads are tied together to project and predict whether EdTech is building gig economy work like in food delivery or mobility services.