Students and teachers in South Korea will need to find new ways of staying alert through the long school day, after the government said 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.
Now the government wants to rule out any possibility of children buying highly caffeinated drinks on campus, warning that students were turning to caffeine to stay up late studying and preparing for exams.
The rule which took effect on September 14, saw coffee sales entirely prohibited from elementary, middle and high schools – cafeterias and vending machines installed on site.
According to a local Korean daily, students tend to resort to “energy drinks” and coffee containing milk to burn the midnight oil during examination periods.
The ministry warned of the health impacts of too much coffee saying excess intake could cause nausea, irregular heartbeat and sleep disorders.
South Korea is the 7th biggest importer of coffee in the world, importing some US$700mil (RM2.93bil) worth of coffee in 2017. South Koreans drank an average of 512 cups of coffee last year.