This seems inhumane, but they have their reasons
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As any high schooler who has ever tried to pass AP European History can tell you, a cup of coffee is the only way to get through a study session. But in South Korea, government officials are apparently worried that too many students could be too reliant on caffeine to deal with the country’s competitive school system, so they’ve decided to ban the sale of coffee in elementary, middle, and high schools starting on September 14. This even applies to teachers.
Of course, teachers should be leading by example in general, though when it comes to their coffee drinking habits, plenty would probably like to ask for an exception. And actually, they did have one. According to The Korea Times, products that are high in caffeine or calories, or are otherwise deemed low in nutrition, are already banned in schools. Coffee, however, snuck by as a designated adult beverage that could be grabbed in school vending machines or other in-school shops. But now, even that’s off-limits.