ETV ?

The younger generation probably may not know what is ETV. Also not many may bother about it. But ETV means a lot to me at that time.

Credit : The Straits Times

This was the TV programmes list in The Straits Times 27 years ago (1981). Nothing special except the channels were known as SBC 5 (Channel 5), SBC 8 (Channel 8), Malaysia 3 (Malaysia Channel 3) and Malaysia 10 (Malaysia Channel 10 where occassionally we had some Cantonese shows).

From my previous post here, SBC was formed probably from 1980 to 1994. From the above newspaper cut-out, you can see at the bottom – CDIS (Curriculum Development Instittute of Singapore) section. This was the Educational TV Programmes for students, probably mainly Primary School students. In fact the CDIS was formed about the same year as SBC in 1980, by MOE.

Credit : The Straits Times

What about before that when I was in Primary School in the 70s? I remember it was known as ETV (probably Educational TV programmes). Of course it was the RTS times in the 70s. The teacher would brought the whole class to the TV Room to watch the 10 to 15 minutes of ETV (in black and white at that time), mainly covering subjects like English, Maths and Science. Not many of us had TVs at home, so watching such educational programmes on TV in school really thrilled us. Sometimes the class was noisy and we arrived late and only managed to watch to the last 5 minutes of the show.

You may wish to read more about ETV from this article.

In fact, ETV was started sometime in 1967. At that time Mr. Ong Pang Boon was the Minister For Education. Primary School students watching ETV in the TV room (1971) ;

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

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6 Responses to “ETV ?”


  1. 1 Victor Koo Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Yes, I remember watching ETV around 1970 when I was in Sec 2. Still remember a particular Maths ETV program explaining the term “fallacy”:

    Every elephant has four legs more than no elephant.(Premise)
    No elephant has one leg. (Fact)
    Therefore every elephant has five legs. (=Four plus one. Fallacy)

  2. 2 profkingsfield2004 Monday, December 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    ETV started in one of the studios of the former Teachers Training College (TTC) at Patterson Road. My aunty was the head of this project team when it was launched in 1967. She was sent to UK to learn from the BBC.

  3. 3 J Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I had used to catch ETV on SBC 12 in the mid 90’s. And I also used to catch them during our science class in the AV theatre. It only began to fade away when the then (if I remembered correctly) TCS began 24 hour broadcast on TCS 8 and 5.

  4. 4 laokokok Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 7:36 am

    At least some of us here still remember ETV.

  5. 5 ordinary guy Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    ETV was like a golden opportunity to get out of the classromm and into the AVA room without having to go through the usual lessons…a nice break from the monotony of class lessons.

  6. 6 fuzzoo Friday, January 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    If you miss ETV, you can access excepts of ETV episodes from here, the MISAS database of the National Archives:
    http://misas.nhb.gov.sg/avs/public/internetSearch/advancedSearchForm.jsp
    At “series title”, click on “Educational Television Series”.

    Makes for an interesting glimpse of the past!


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