Kindergarten children will be able to watch their own television programmes from 2003-04 under a planned overhaul of the 30-year-old education television (ETV) service. On-air ETV for secondary courses would be scrapped by then and, instead, video compact discs would be produced for distribution to secondary schools, RTHK's ETV head Dominica Siu King-lo said yesterday. 'The service for primary schools will be kept and the spared resources will be used to produce programmes for kindergarten kids,' she said. A working group, with representatives from RTHK, schools and the Government, is expected to meet on January 30 to work out the future development of ETV services. In a value-for-money report last November, the Audit Commission said the cost-control of ETV was inadequate and the service was unpopular with secondary students. Ms Siu said that to contain costs RTHK would outsource some five per cent of ETV production, or nine programmes, in 2003-04. The move forms part of its plan to outsource more of its production. In 2000-01, the public broadcaster commissioned 7.5 hours of general programme production. It expanded to 10 hours in 2001-02, or four per cent of RTHK's prime-time output.