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Random drug test in schools to continue — Education chief Briones

Random drug testing in schools under the Department of Education will continue, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday.

But because of privacy issues, Briones refused to divulge details, except to assure the public that drug test results “will not be a basis for kicking out the student or kicking out a faculty member.”

If a student or a faculty member tests positive, another confirmatory test will be conducted.

The results “will be a basis for treatment, if treatment is necessary,” Briones added.

In August last year, Briones vowed that random drug testing “will be preventive, not punitive.”

Briones said the main objective of the drug testing program is to determine the prevalence of drug-related problems in the learners, teachers and staff.

“We can validate this through the drug testing method,” she said. — Tina Panganiban-Perez/RSJ, GMA News