In a bid to tackle the soaring height of drug addiction in most schools across the country, Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula has donated drug test kits to Eastern Cape schools.
Makupula made the donation at the launch of a drug and substance abuse intervention program at St Thomas Senior Secondary School, Port Elizabeth on Friday.
Handing over the drug kits, Makupula disclosed that about 20 schools in the northern areas will be getting drug test kits.
“The use of drugs is a problem all over the Eastern Cape, but we decided to start here.
Parents and the police will be involved to monitor the programme. Pupils found to have a serious drug addiction will be sent to rehabilitation centres,” he added.
MEC Mandla Makupula Steps Up Plans To Track Drug Dealers
Makupula also said the education department has beefed up school security by employing 28 school patrollers.
These patrollers, he said will make sure pupils stay away from drug dealers. He also promised to provide fencing to protect schools.
Education spokesperson, Malibongwe Mtima, who was present during the event said that a recent investigation found pupils in Port Elizabeth are currently experiencing social unrest because they abuse drugs
Investigation also revealed that most people are involved in gang violence. This, Mtima said prompted MEC Mandla Makupula to introduce the new approach.
In another contribution, the provincial director of school enrichment programmes, Mpho Ngoma encouraged pupils not to sideline fitness activities like sports and cultural activities.
He said: “All schools must have active sport and cultural structures to create an opportunity for the pupils to avoid drug abuse. In schools with few activities, pupils end up getting pregnant or using drugs.”
On a happy note, MEC Makupula also promised to supply stationery to pupils in Eastern Cape schools.