Teachers in North Cotabato province will undergo a random drug test before the opening of classes on June 5, a Department of Education (DepEd) official said.
Dr. Omar Obas, North Cotabato schools superintendent, said this is in compliance with a DepEd order directing random drug examination for all public school teachers and employees throughout the country.
There are about 10,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel in North Cotabato.
Obas said the drug testing is scheduled after the conduct of “Brigada Eskwela,” or the cleanup of classrooms prior to the school opening.
Some 50 school nurses from the division who recently completed a training on drug testing in Davao City will supervise the examination.
Obas emphasized that the drug test “will firmly uplift the reputation of their agency and dignify the teaching profession in the country.”
“We teach and mold the minds of our students. Therefore, we must be at all time credible,” Obas noted.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said in a statement that personnel found positive for drug use will be dismissed from service. (PNA)