President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has tapped the Department of Education to join the war against drugs. Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said they are planning to revamp the curriculum of Grade 4 students with a more practical version of drug education, the Inquirer reported.
"We are now in the process of reviewing the syllabus as instructed by the President. One of the national priorities of the Duterte administration is to give attention to the drug menace," she explained. Sec. Briones said the current drug education lessons need to be tweaked as they dwell more on the scientific aspects of using illegal drugs and its side effects.
"I think what needs to be added are [pointers] on how children would know that they are being drawn in, how they should say no, and how and where to report if they are offered illegal drugs. She also said there was a possibility of drug education being offered as a stand-alone subject similar to religion classes.
But despite these efforts, Sec. Briones admitted they still have a long way to go in the fight against the influence of drugs among students. "I just came from a province where there was a mass surrender--there were teenage pushers and users who surrendered and they were kids who should be in school and who were in school really," she said.
Thousands of suspected drug users and pushers have surrenderedall over the nation in the first days of the Duterte administration, which vowed a tough stance against illegal drug activities.