n Africa Education Review - Drug testing in public schools
|Article Title||Drug testing in public schools|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Africa Education Review|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||279 - 298|
|Keyword(s)||Drug testing, Education law and policy on drug testing and Guidelines for education managers|
The fact that there is a serious drug problem in South African schools cannot be disputed. The question is: What can be done to save schoolchildren from the stranglehold of drugs? In this article the author investigated drug testing as a possible strategy to curb the availability and use of drugs in our schools. First, the concept of drug testing is defined. Second, education law and policy regulating drug testing in public schools in South Africa, such as the Constitution, the National policy on the management of drug abuse by learners in public and independent schools and further education and training institutions, the Regulations for safety measures at public schools, the National drug master plan, the Guidelines for the consideration of governing bodies in adopting a code of conduct for learners and the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, 1992 (Act 140 of 1992) are discussed. Before guidelines for education managers and governing bodies to be used when adopting a policy on drug testing are formulated, the author investigated American court rulings on drug testing in schools as well as some advantages and disadvantages of drug testing.
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