DepEd to conduct random drug testing on teachers, students PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 June 2017 14:09

By R.G. Antonet Go

The Department of Education (DepEd), Zamboanga City Schools Division  revealed that they will soon conduct drug testing on public school officials and high school students.

DepEd Zamboanga City Schools Division Superintendent, Pedro Melchor Natividad said the drug testing will be compulsory for all non-teaching personnel, and random drug testing will done for teachers and high school students. The drug testing will be done together with the Department of Health (DOH).

Those who will be found positive for drug use will subjected to a confirmatory test.

DepEd Zamboanga City Schools Division have about 6,500 teachers and 120 non-teaching positions. For school year 2017-2018, the office is expecting 58,232 Junior High Schools composed of Grades 7 to 10 and 9,470 Senior High School which composed of Grades 11 to 12.

According to Natividad, if students will be found positive for illegal drugs use, psychosocial intervention and rehabilitation will be provided for the student. “The purpose of random drug testing is only for rehabilitation, it’s not for administrative discipline na maga bata.” he added.

The DepEd Division of Zamboanga City is composed of Labuan district, Ayala, Sta Maria, Baliwasan, Central, Vitali, Curuan, Manicahan, Mercedes, Putik, Talon Talon, and Tetuan. Zamboanga City also has 38 public high schools. (R.G. A A. Go)