No money for high school students’ drug testing PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 August 2016 14:07

The Department of Education (DepEd) in Zamboanga City has revealed that they have no funds for the conduct of random drug testing among high school students.

Pedro Melchor Natividad, DepEd assistant regional director and Zamboanga City schools division superintendent, said that “the school does not have funds kasi maskin ase kita at random chene provision but the question is the high schools cannot invest for this purpose.”

Recall that DepEd issued DepEd order 80 series of 2009 which states the revised general guidelines on random drug testing of high school students signed by former DedEd secretary Jesli Lapus.

Natividad explained that the schools have other priorities rather than put their Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) for the random drug test.

Besides, students can also refuse as this is random and done on a voluntary basis.

In this city, there are some 54,000 enrolled in Junior High School while some 10,000 for Senior High School.

Zamboanga City has a total of 37 public high schools but only 23 are integrated Senior High Schools while there are two stand alone Senior High Schools. The two stand alone Senior High Schools are Don Pablo Lorenzo Lobregat Memorial High Stand Alone School and the Zamboanga National High School West Stand Alone School to be located inside the Baliwasan Central School.

According to Natividad, children must be given a happy atmosphere at home to include positive discipline where care, love, and affection is shown to the children so that the children will think that family is important so children will not engage in illegal drugs.

“Maskin tiene pusher si nuay user con quien sila bende?” Some people go to drugs because of passive curiosity, they are unhappy people, and poverty.

Meanwhile, on the mandatory drug testing for teachers, they are eying on including it in the annual medical checkup of the teachers but it was not materialized.

DepEd in Zamboanga has a total of some 3,605 elementary teachers and some 5,700 teachers from Junior and Senior High School. — R.G. A A. Go