CAPE TOWN – More than two thirds of school pupils tested for drugs, tested positive, according to the provincial education department.
“Particularly concerning is that this problem extends not only to high schools, but also primary school learners too,” said Education MEC Debbie Schafar.
This year, several drug tests had been conducted in various schools where there was a reasonable suspicion” of drug use, Ms Schafer said.
According to Tabletalk, “tests were only conducted on learners who had already been suspected of substance abuse. A total of 360 primary school learners from 36 schools were tested for drugs. Of these, 229 tested positive. A total of 605 high schools learners from 17 schools were tested for drugs – f theses 415 tested positive.
“I am shocked at these results.”
Ms Schafer said the department and police did random search and seizures at school frequently.
“If the learner has tested positive for liquor or illegal drugs, a discussion must be held with the parent so that he or she may understand the consequences f the use of liquor or illegal drugs.
“The principal may, if the parent so requests refer the learner to a rehabilitation institution for drug counseling.
Only the learner must be informed about the outcome of the alcohol or drug test.”
Ms Schafer said the safe Schools substance abuse programme also heled schools deal with pupils at risk or under the influence of drugs.
“The training programme includes basic information on drugs detection techniques, peer counselling and specialized fields of drug control.”
The department also had several curriculum-based programme on drug education she said.
Pupils or parents needing counselling or support can call 0800 45 46 47
Website : http://druginfo.westerncape.gov.za
FILE PHOTO: Substance abuse rife among pupils. Photo: Health24