The process to amend the policy prohibiting the sale of alcohol at Western Cape schools has been put on hold. This is after Basic Education Minster Angie Motshekga, asked that the matter be tabled until she meets with Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer.
Schäfer says that the reason she put forward this amendment, is because the current legislation is so restrictive. She clarifies the proposition saying that it makes it easier for schools to apply for permission of the sale of alcohol on school property.
This will allow for adult functions or people who hire school premises to have alcohol. She adds that there are strict conditions that will prevent children having access to alcohol.
Our proposal is that a school can apply if they wish to the HOD for permission and then the HOD can put conditions on or refuse if they deem it inappropriate.— Debbie Schäfer, MEC of Education
The selling of alcohol at schools is one of four proposed amendments to the Provincial School Education Amendment Bill, which was recently approved for processing by Cabinet.
Schäfer says the next step is to have it approved by the legislature, a step she has not gone forward with, as Motshekga asked for a meeting before things proceed.
We had the meeting today, but we have agreed to have a few further discussions to see if we can find common as much as possible.— Debbie Schäfer, MEC of Education
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