• The Department of Education mulls annual  drug test for teachers and some students but with the consent of the latter’s parents
  • Education secretary Leonor Briones said the undertaking aimed to support the war on drugs waged by President Rodrigo Duterte
  • DepEd is also reviewing the possibility of mentioning the drug issue in the curriculum of Grade 4 students as part of their Science and Health subjects
  • Based on record, there are 722,000 teachers and 25 million students in the country

In support of the war on drugs waged by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Department of Education (DepEd) has set its sight in conducting an annual drug test for teachers and some students but with the consent of the latter’s parents.

Education secretary Leonor Briones  also revealed that the DepEd is also reviewing the possibility of mentioning the drug issue in the curriculum of Grade 4 students as part of their Science and Health subjects.

As mentioned in an article written by Christine O. Avedano on Philippine Daily Inquirer the announcement was made by the DepEd secretary during a Senate finance subcommittee’s deliberations on the DepEd’s proposed P566-billion budget for 2017.

Based on record, there are 722,000 teachers and 25 million students in the country.

According to Briones, the drug menace has also affected schools, with “drugs delivered in gates of school buildings.”

Thus, she noted, the academe can’t claim to be excluded from the drug menace itself.

As such, Briones said the drug test for students would be for “sampling basis” and “with the consent of their parents.”

As a show of support, private organizations and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have offered to conduct briefings on the drug issue for students.

Likewise, Briones noted that the education department is very much interested in drug rehabilitation centers since a study showed that a substantial number who are arrested for drug use are young people out of school with the inclusion of a few who are in school.