Cape schools being allowed to host events serving alcohol remains a thorny issue

The Education Amendment Bill is up for public comment and there are still two more public hearings that will be taking place in August.

Making the most headlines is the proposal to allow the sale of liquor at schools under certain conditions.

MEC for Education at Western Cape, Debbie Schafer says the Bill is trying to regulate what is happening in the schools already, where schools host events for parents or events to raise funds.

Read: Alcohol should not be sold on school premises - Sadtu

The definition is so strict that even the staff cannot have alcohol at a function outside the school's premises because it is classified as a school activity.

Debbie Schafer, MEC of Education in Western Cape

The proposal is to allow a choice to schools where the governing body can apply to the HOD if they wish to have alcohol and if they feel it is bad for the school and the community then it remains illegal.

Debbie Schafer, MEC of Education in Western Cape

Schafer says the Bill has nothing to do with serving alcohol to school children but to parents with the HOD's consent.

Co-founder at Chamber of Legal Students, Kwanda Mkalipi says they don't believe the Bill was a well-thought through policy and it is a display of lazy thinking by the WC Education Department.

The MEC says we are not selling alcohol to students but the majority of us know that they wouldn't go that far as to sell alcohol to students but what is happening is the normalising of the culture of alcohol in South Africa which says that for an event to be successful we have to have alcohol involved.

Kwanda Mkalipi, Co-founder at Chamber of Legal Students

That is something we have to deal with as a society where we get at the culture of alcohol which one of the biggest problems when it comes to curbing the issue of abuse...

Kwanda Mkalipi, Co-founder at Chamber of Legal Students

We are saying that schools should not be part of the list where people can access alcohol. Schools should be exempt from areas where people are allowed to consume and access alcohol.

Kwanda Mkalipi, Co-founder at Chamber of Legal Students

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