DepEd open to mandatory drug testing for students

DepEd open to mandatory drug testing for students

- DepEd is open to conducting mandatory drug tests for all students, in both private and public schools in the country

- Due to budget constraints and the sensitivity of the matter, random drug testing is seen as an alternative 

- DepEd is currently working on enriching the drug abuse prevention curriculum to raise awareness

In the light of President Duterte’s war on drugs, the Department of Education has considered conducting

mandatory drug testing for all students in both public and private institutions in the country. public and private institutions in the country.

While Education secretary Leonor Briones has expressed her openness on the matter, Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo notes that

the implementation of mandatory drug testing  would need a lot of funding, which they do not have at the moment.

For now, he recommends doing random drug testing as an alternative.

funding, which they do not have at the moment. For now, he recommends doing random drug testing as an alternative.

DepEd open to mandatory drug testing for students

DepEd secretary Leonor Briones (credit: abante.com.ph)

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Mateo also added that they are in cooperation with law enforcement agencies in monitoring against drug syndicates

who may resort to using the youth in their illegal drug trade. He hopes that with this

in place, combined with continuous anti-drug abuse education, the youth will be rid of the “drug menace”.

Briones explains that in 2004 the DepEd has done a similar thing and have subjected students to drug tests; and while

they can reimplement the procedure, this time, around, regulations dictate that they must first obtain parental consent.

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She suggests that only a select portion of the student population be subject to drug testing because of the sensitivity of the matter.

"We have to be very careful sa pagtreat ng mga bata because they might think they are being suspected of something…

Kailangang pumayag ang parent at sampling iyan, 'di mo gagawin sa lahat ng mga estudyante," Briones said.

She also mentions that she is currently working on DepEd’s drug abuse prevention program and hopes to further enrich

the curriculum on drugs to raise awareness.

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"Ang gusto nating mangyari, i-enrich ang curriculum sa drugs. Isama natin ang mga practical matter sa tunay na buhay,

saan ba iyan nangyayari, san ba ang bentahan ng drugs, sino ang nagdadala at ano ang circumstances na ang isang bata ay

napupunta dyan,'' she said. - Kami Media

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