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Briones eyes expansion of drug education in curriculum

MANILA, July 4 -- In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s strong pronouncement against the drug menace, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday that she will consider strengthening the curriculum in drug education and prevention.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones
In an interview, Briones said that the President has tapped her to include drug education in the curriculum as early as Grade 4.

She noted however that the DepEd is, in fact, already implementing an anti-drug abuse curriculum.

“It (Drug Education) is already in the curriculum. What we want is to strengthen the curriculum in that area,” Briones told reporters following the turnover ceremony held at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.

The Education chief said that the existing curriculum provides only a scientific approach to the dangers and ill-effects of drug abuse.

She added that the syllabus is currently being reviewed, emphasizing that future revisions will focus on the practical aspects in addressing the drug abuse problem.

“Intervention is not so much in running after those kids but in enriching the curriculum and also capacitating the teachers,” she said, adding that these include making supplementary materials available and additional training for teachers.

For his part, Senator Panfilo Lacson underscored the need to further intensify the campaign against illegal drugs, especially within school premises.

Lacson recognized the newly-installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa for committing himself in ridding the country of lawless elements and illegal drugs. Both of them attended the turnover ceremonies for the new DepEd Secretary. (PNA)

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