UNDER the Duterte administration, students starting from age 10 will not only be learning the repercussions of using illegal drugs and addiction but will also know practical lessons on how to identify a drug pusher, how to say no to drugs and also how to avoid being drawn into these kind of activities.
Secretary of Education Leonor Briones said on Monday that one of the first pursuit of the Department of Education (DepEd) under her leadership was to evaluate and reinforce the curriculum on drug education and possibly introduce a different subject for it in accordance with President Duterte’s policy against illegal drugs.
Briones, said Mr. Duterte instructed the teaching of drug literacy starting in Grade 4.
Briones said that while the current curriculum for Grade 4 already includes a drugs syllabus, it is quite lacking in lessons on the practical side that can children to avoid being drawn into illegal drugs.
“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 added, noting that drug syndicates target mostly students in urban schools, although they also try to victimize students in rural areas.
“Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa has offered to help in further strengthening our curriculum to prepare our Grade 4 kids to be able to withstand the onslaught and the temptation of drug addiction,” she said.
When asked if she was considering drug education as a stand-alone subject, Briones said it could be done just like religious courses are being taught as separate subjects.