School dop debate



October 18, 2016
School dop debate

SLAMMED: Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer.

MEC for Education proposes schools sell liquor at adult fundraising events.

Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer has been slammed for a proposed amendment  that would allow schools to sell liquor to raise funds.

Public comments are being considered on the draft bill to amend the Western Cape Provincial School Education Act 12 of 1997. If passed, principals and school governing bodies will be able to allow the sale of alcohol at adult events.

Schäfer says the amendment is to deal with what is already happening at many schools and there will be conditions attached to protect children, reports the Cape Times.

But Equal Education, the National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA (Naptosa) and the Muslim Judicial Council have hit out at Schäfer, saying the amendment was a half-baked idea as alcohol abuse is a major problem in the Western Cape.

The draft national liquor policy proposes liquor should not be sold within a 500 metre radius of schools and places of worship.

The provincial Alcohol-Related Harms Reduction Policy Green Paper, being championed by Premier Helen Zille, highlights the dangers of alcohol for kids and adults. Seventy percent of crimes have been linked to
substance abuse.

But Schäfer said: “We cannot escape the reality that some parents like to have wine at cocktail parties, for example. The current legislation even prohibits that.

“People are welcome to make suggestions as to how we can limit abuse, but still allow freedom of choice.”

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