What We Know so Far About the Random Drug Testing in High School

It starts this September!
by Mara Agner   |  Aug 18, 2017
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One month before the implementation of the random drug testing for high school students, Grade 11 student Kian Loyd Delos Santos was shot dead by policemen in an operation in Caloocan. According to the police report, Kian allegedly ran when he saw the policemen and fired shots at them, causing them to fire back and kill him. Further investigation revealed that what happened was the total opposite. According to a witness, Kian was forced by the policemen to hold the gun, fire it, and run. Even without a witness, comparing the police report and the statements from Kian's father and neighbors don't add up. 

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This leaves a lot of parents and students alike worried about the random drug testing happening this September. Here's what we know so far:

What is it about?

The random drug testing is in compliance with the Department of Education's efforts to strengthen the president's campaign against drugs.

Who are involved?

All teachers and students of private and public junior and senior high schools nationwide.

What does this mean?

1. According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the random drug test would help her department determine the prevalence of drug users among the students and assess how effective the prevention programs are.

2. The tests are done to protect and ensure the safety of the students. "This is not 'tokhang-tokhang.' This is for the students' own good," the DepEd Secretary said in a press con.

What will happen with the results?

1. The results will be confidential.

2. In the event that a student tests positive, it will not be used to expel or subject the student to disciplinary action. It will not be used for any criminal proceedings either.

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3. The results will not affect the student's academic record.

What will happen to those with positive results?

According to the DepEd Secretary, the student who tests positive "shall undergo the prescribed intervention program under the supervision of the DOH-accredited facility or physician, or private practitioners, in coordination with the parent."

Sources: InquirerCNNRappler

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