P25M, 4 years needed for random drug test on RP schools

MANILA, Philippines – The government needs P25 million for the nationwide random drug testing in schools scheduled to start next month, a Department of Education official said Tuesday. 
Thelma Santos, DepEd assistant secretary for special projects, said in a radio interview Tuesday that aside from that amount, it would also take the government more than three and a half years to complete the testing of students from 8,000 private and public schools nationwide.

For February’s scheduled random drug test, the government plans to expand it by covering around 8,000 schools. It plans to pick 30 students from each school, which could translate into 250,000 students randomly tested for drug use.

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