- 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.
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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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