As a response to the latest regulations towards after-school tutoring, VIPKID, or VIPKid, a Beijing-based online English learning platform for kids, announced on Saturday that it would stop selling courses taught by overseas-based tutors to students in China.
The company, which has raised $1.1 billion in funding since the inception in 2013, updated its adjustment on operations in a post on its official WeChat account.
The post said that customers who have already purchased coursers are able to continue to learn at VIPKID, but they only be able to renew classes taught by overseas-based tutors until August 9.
VIPKID also noted that it would stop selling new class packages taught by foreign-based tutors since August 7, as the recent policy states that tutoring institutions are not allowed to hire foreign teachers who live overseas to conduct tutoring.
The international business for students outside China would not be affected, added VIPKID.
Other online English learning companies who connect learners in China with tutors outside China also adjusted their operations. Whales English, a VIPKID rival in China, also said on Friday that it would stop selling courses taught by overseas-based tutors to students in China, and it will launch live classes taught by China-based foreign tutors. GOGOKID, which also teaches English for kids, will be shut down by its owner Dali Education, Byte Dance’s education arm unveiled last October.