Random Drug test on High School Students.
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DepEd: High school students subject to random drug testing
By CNN Philippines Staff
Updated 17:28 PM PHT Tue, August 15, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — High school students from public and private schools will be subject to random drug testing beginning this school year, education department officials said.
The Department on Education (DepEd) released guidelines for conducting of random drug tests on secondary schools, both public and private.
Order No. 40 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones on August 8, said the random drug tests will be implemented primarily for prevention and rehabilitation, and will ensure confidentiality.
"Random drug testing for students is considered by the government as entirely a 'health' issue and aims to provide appropriate interventions to those who will be tested positive for dangerous drug use, which will help the student stop further use and/or abuse of the substance," the order obtained by CNN Philippines on Tuesday said.
It said the test will be conducted to determine the prevalence of drug users among students, to deter use of illegal drugs, and to strengthen the government's efforts against dangerous drugs.
"Drug test results shall be treated with utmost confidentiality," the DepEd said.
The order comes days after the Commission on Higher Education allowed all higher education institutions (HEIs) to conduct mandatory drug testing this coming school year 2018-2019. CHED said the memorandum order No. 64 is in support of the government's war against illegal drugs.
A militant youth group has warned that testing in schools would make students targets of the war on drugs. The campaign, now on its second year, has killed more than 3,000 suspected drug users, although human rights activists claim the numbers are much higher.
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