Students and teachers in South Korea will need to find new ways of staying alert through the long school day, after the government said Friday it will ban coffee sales in schools. Selling highly caffeinated drinks to students in schools has already been banned since 2013, but with coffee vending machines still available for teachers, wily students have been able to get around the rules and find their coffee fix.
Caffeine hit: South Korea bans coffee in schools
Now the government wants to rule out any possibility of children buying highly-caffeinated drinks on campus, a spokeswoman from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said, warning that students were turning to caffeine to stay up late studying and preparing for exams. Under the move, which will take effect from September 14, coffee sales will be entirely prohibited from elementary, middle and high schools. "Coffee will disappear from cafeterias and vending machines installed at schools", the spokeswoman told AFP.