TDC backs drug test for teachers, students

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A teachers’ group on Tuesday expressed its support to the planned mandatory drug tests for teachers and students in public schools.

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones has said that her agency is considering subjecting teachers and students to drug tests in support to the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.

“The Secretary’s plan to have teachers tested on illegal substance is welcome. DepEd’s role in government’s anti-drug effort is crucial and teachers should serve as role models for our youth and people in general,” Benjo Basas, national chairperson of Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), said in a statement.

“We believe that strengthening the important institutions like schools, in the long run, would be a more effective way to reduce, if not totally eliminate drug menace in our society,” he said.

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