- DepEd, in coordination with DOH, prepares to conduct drug tests on 20,000 HS students and teachers
- The tests will determine the extent of the drug problem in the country’s public and private schools
- This will also check DepEd’s effectiveness of their preventive drug education program
In an attempt to determine the extent of the drug problem in the country’s public and private schools; the Department of Education (DepEd), in coordination with DOH, is getting ready to conduct a drug test on 20,000 high school students, teachers and education personnel.
DepEd will test a sample size of about 20,000 students and teachers who will provide them a sample that will represent the entire secondary students. Statistical sampling will be conducted.
This will be the baseline for DepEd to check the effectiveness of their preventive drug education campaign, said Assistant Education Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluanan as disclosed in an Inquirer article.
If the result is positive, the student or teacher must undergo an assessment.
The assessment will determine their level of dependency, and they would be provided with guidance, counseling, or rehabilitation.
Asec. Malaluan said experimental or occasional users will be given counseling.
They will also provide assistance for those who will require rehabilitation.