Drug testing is a common practice in many South African schools. What schools do not acknowledge is that drug testing does more damage than actually preventing drug abuse. This is also a violation of rights towards scholars.
Schools also are only allowed to drug test a student if they have a valid reason to conduct the test, however this is not always the case.
Students who are forced into being tested by the school even without any evidence for suspicions in order to not be expelled are also being accused unjustly and have to prove their innocence for no reason. Therefore this system assumes students are guilty until proven innocent.
These tests also cannot pick up all drugs and so students who do other drugs still get away with it and these drugs may be more dangerous and children will explore with other drugs regardless of its negative impact just so they can use something without being detected.
Drug tests are also mainly used on students who do extracurricular activities for the top teams and this may put students off from doing extracurricular activities in order to avoid the tests. These extracurricular activities are also put into place to prevent students from using drugs as they will be spending their time with sports and other activities rather than illegal ones.
After a student comes out positive they are then punished which may even include expulsion. This will cause stress in the students life which they may use drugs to get through the stress. If the child is expelled they will most likely find it hard to get into another school and this may throw their education away completely and the child will most likely get into drugs again and will most become an addict from all their free time at home or to escape their emotional distress.
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