Sindh to make drug tests mandatory for students

Karachi:30 January:Sindh’s chief minister announced on Monday that his government would make drug tests mandatory for all students of secondary and higher secondary schools across the province, hoping for parents’ cooperation with the authorities.

CM Syed Murad Ali Shah has constituted a four-member committee to draft a law to make drug tests mandatory for students of both public and private schools of the secondary and higher secondary levels.

The government body comprises Health Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Health Secretary Dr Fazlullah Pechuho and Education Secretary Iqbal
Chairing a meeting on the drug menace at educational institutions across the province, Murad expressed concern about the growing incidence of drug use and abuse among students, saying that it was the right time to ascertain the facts using scientific methods and techniques. The chief executive referred to alarming reports from some of the leading universities of the country where students were using drugs. “I’m quite worried, and want to protect our children from all social evils. It’s our collective responsibility to protect them from the growing menace of drugs.”

Ordering that a committee be formed to legislate for the purpose, the CM said: “It would be mandatory for every student to pass their drug test. And I’m sure parents would cooperate and support me in this task.”
Education Secretary Durrani said he had started preparing a list of students to be shared with the health department for initiating the drug tests. On this the CM said he would release the funds for the tests as and when required.The news.