DepEd Sec. Briones clarifies mandatory drug test on students

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The Department of Education (DepEd) is trying to ease up the tension on parents of public school students amid the agency’s proposed mandatory drug test.

According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the program does not aim to deter a student’s morale, but rather to tally the prevalence of illegal drug problems within schools as well as to give due attention and consultation to student users.

In an interview with DZRH, the DepEd secretary reminded that students will not be expelled even if they tested positive of using illegal drugs.

Sec. Briones also stressed that the process and the results of the drug test will be “highly confidential.”

“Every effort will be made to hide their identities even the names of the schools. Ang purpose nito is to find out the prevalence, gaano ba ka seryoso yung mga problema sa mga eskwelahan?” the secretary stated.

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