Today, holistic learning in schools extends beyond the classroom, with a focus on new skills like programming and coding. But back in the 1960s, schools were already embarking on this concept with a series of educational videos to expand students' horizons beyond school curriculum.
The National Archives of Singapore presents Old School TV, a selection of Educational Television (ETV) programmes produced by the Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore (CDIS) and its predecessors from 1967-1983.
Launched on 29 January 1967 by the then Minister for Education Ong Pang Boon, ETV programmes were used as teaching aids and were originally broadcast over Television Singapura. The programmes covered subjects such as mathematics, science, languages, literature and health, as well as an interest in arts and culture, and life skills such as financial literacy. They were produced in the four official languages – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
ETV represented a milestone in Singapore's education system. It introduced a new dynamism in education through the use of educational broadcasting by the government, and pioneered new learning approaches and fresh teaching ideas for both students and teachers. Digitised recordings from this series that are preserved at the National Archives will be streamed till March 2021.