TO ensure that all schools in the country are drug-free, a ranking official of the Department of Education is considering subjecting students to a mandatory drug test.
DepEd assistant secretary for planning Jesus Mateo, who is considered as the “institutional mind” of the agency being the longest-serving education official, said he is planning to make drug testing in all learning institutions mandatory.
Mateo, in a radio interview, however, noted that it cannot be implemented now because the agency had limited funds.
He said random drug tests can be done in the meantime, which means that it will be up to the schools if drug tests are conducted.
The education official said random drug tests and a continuous anti-drug abuse education in schools will keep students away from illegal drugs.
Drug syndicates and small-time pushers sometime use students as drug couriers and runners because minors are not criminally liable under the juvenile justice law.