DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones revealed this during the Brigada Eskwela program, which aims to prepare the students for a smooth back-to-school transition, GMA News Online reports.
Briones explained that the mandatory drug tests will be conducted on primary and secondary faculty members. Teachers who fail the second screening will be dismissed, the SunStar reports.
Meanwhile, secondary students whose parents give consent to the school will be subjected to random drug testing. The DepEd guaranteed that results will remain confidential to ensure the privacy of the students.
These DepEd programs are all part of its accordance with the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, which has become one of the President’s national priorities.
Aside from these random drug tests, the DepEd has previously planned to introduce a new drug curriculum that presents more practical drug education starting with Grade 4 students.