Premier Helen Zille says the Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Bill aims to bring accountability into the schooling system.
The bill has become largely become known as the schools liquor bill because it allows the sale of alcohol on school premises under certain conditions.
However, Zille says this is a "side issue" when looking at the bill in its entirety.
She argues that there isn't adequate policing to enforce current laws which ban the sale of booze on school premises.
The premier says alcohol continues to be illegally sold and consumed at local schools during private events after hours, without any regulation.
Zille claims that the bill seeks to bring additional resources into poorer public schools.
Other amendments included changes to the roles of heads of departments, district directors, principals, deputy principals and other education officials.
Changes also include the provision of intervention facilities and alternatives to expulsion.
Currently, many schools are serving alcohol at functions, and we are planning to regulate that very strictly.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
This bill is probably the most important bill we've passed in our 10 years in office.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
I saw an advertisement for an ANC event at a school, in which they say to people 'bring your own liquor'.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Our bill says that no alcohol may be served on school premises, unless it is for an adult function and permission has been obtained from the head of education and a temporary liquor licence has been obtained.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
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