DepEd Secretary wants ‘real life stories’ about dangers of drugs in curriculum

  • DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones wants to include “real life stories” to teach dangers of drug addiction
  • She says it is important to go beyond textbook learning about drugs
  • DepEd is also studying how it would handle drug testing among teachers and school officials

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones highlighted the importance of teaching students the dangers of drugs; noting that she wants to expand drug education beyond just textbooks and to include “real life stories” about its effects.

Briones said that while the education curriculum already includes lessons warning about drugs, she says students must also be exposed to the real dangers of addiction through films, dramas, and plays.

Lagyan natin ng reality framework itong pagturo natin ng composition ng drugs. Ang aking iniisip, real life stories: Naloloka sa drugs, nare-rehabilitate, so ngayon maayos na buhay. [Let us put a reality framework in how we teach the composition of drugs. What I am thinking of, real life stories: being addicted to drugs, undergoing rehabilitation and now having a good life],” she said, as previously quoted by Rappler.

In order to improve drug education, the DepEd secretary plans to have teachers trained to better handle such lessons.

Kailangan capacitated teachers para sa pagturo nila may mas puso, kaluluwa ‘yung kanilang pagturo sa mga bata. Kasi kung idaan natin sa leksyon, sa libro, sa workbook…. Nasa curriculum na ‘yan. [We need to have capacitated teachers so that in their teaching, there is more heart and soul in educating the children. Because if we just let it through lessons, in books, in workbooks… It’s already in the curriculum],” she adds.

The Education chief also recognized that the drug menace has already reached even far-flung areas in the country.

She says that although drug testing for students in schools will not be mandatory, the Department is studying how they would be conducting drug testing among teachers and school officials.