DepEd open to mandatory drug test for students

In the light of President Duterte’s war on drugs, the Department of Education has regarded as conducting mandatory drug testing for all students in each private and non-private institutions within the nation.

Even though Education secretary Leonor Briones has expressed her openness on the matter, Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo notes how the implementation of mandatory drug testing would need a lot of funding, which they don't have in the moment. For the present time, he recommends doing random drug testing as a possible option. Mateo also added that they're in cooperation with law enforcement agencies in monitoring against drug syndicates who might make use of utilizing the youth in their illegal drug trade.

He hopes through the use of this in spot, coupled with continuous anti-drug abuse education, the youth will probably be rid on the “drug menace”. Briones explains that in 2004 the DepEd has done a similar factor and have subjected students to drug tests; and while they can reimplement the procedure, this occassion, around, regulations dictate which they need to initial obtain parental consent. She signifies that simply a select portion in the student population be topic to drug testing as a result of the sensitivity in the matter.

”We need to be really cautious sa pagtreat ng mga bata simply because they may well feel they may be being suspected of something… Kailangang pumayag ang parent at sampling iyan, ‘di mo gagawin sa lahat ng mga estudyante,” Briones mentioned.

She also mentions that she is at the moment working on DepEd’s drug abuse prevention program and wishes to further enrich “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 mentioned.


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