DepEd mulls mandatory drug testing

Education officials said on Wednesday they are prepared to implement drug testing as a mandatory requirement for high school students, including school personnel in both public and private schools.

While drug tests are currently being conducted on a random basis following a department order issued by Education Secretary Leonor Briones on August 8, local officials said they are willing and prepared to implement the policy as a mandatory requirement.

Rose Vicente, Provincial Assistant School Division Superintendent, said that at present, they are conducting the tests “on a voluntary basis” because of the additional financial burden to the students.

“Alam naman natin na mataas ang price nito at sa ngayon wala pa tayong move na magstart nito but kapag sinabi na lahat ay mag-uundergo ng drug-testing ay susunod tayo,” Vicente said.

She also said that DepEd personnel are already being encouraged to undergo the tests.

“We are encouraging students lalo na ‘yung ating mga personnel na before sila mabigyan ng appointment nakapagpa-test na sila,” she said.

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