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Annual drug test for teachers, students proposed

MANILA, September 26, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- An annual drug test for teachers and some students has been proposed by DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones.

The proposal, however, requires that before any drug test for students are made, there is a need for parental consent.

Secretary Briones said that she is also studying the possibility of mentioning the drug issue in the curriculum of Grade 4 pupils as part of their Science and Health subjects.

This announcement was made during the hearing of the Senate Finance subcommittee that is deliberating on the DepEd’s proposed budget for 2017.

The Department of Education has 722,000 teachers and more than 25 million students across the country, said Briones.

She added that the education sector wants to make a contribution to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

In the same interview, Briones explained that the proposed drug test for students would be sample-based.


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