Cereal Banned From Zimbabwe Schools After Students Use it to Brew Beer
In a curious maneuver, many schools in Zimbabwe are banning the oat and grain-based breakfast cereal known as Morvite and oatmeal porridge because students are making powerful moonshine with it.Students have been combining the cereals, which already contain sugar and sorghum, with yeast and brown sugar, and fermenting the mixture in the sunlight. The result is an alcohol that’s apparently extremely potent.
Parents at the Tennyson Hlabangana private high school were notified by text message of the ban.
“The danger of doing this is that there is no method to control the alcohol content,” Michael Dube, a chemist, told the Zimbabwe Chronicle newspaper. “Their beer might have high alcohol levels, which may be a threat to their health.”
Parents in Zimbabwe has been having problems with underage drinking. Just last month a “Vuzu” party was raided by police and as many as 224 students were arrested, some as young as 13 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city.