Murad for conducting drug tests of school children

Karachi, January 29, 2018 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in order to protect children from increasing drug menace has decided to make mandatory drug testing of children receiving education in government and private. This he said while presiding over a meeting regarding drug menace in our educational institutions all over the province. The meeting was attended by Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Minister Health Dr Sikandar Mendhro, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Education Iqbal Durrani, Secretary Health Dr Fazal Pechuho and others.

The chief minister said that there were some alarming reports from some of the leading universities of the country where some of the students were using drugs. “I am quite worried to protect our children from all social evils, and it becomes our collective responsibility to protect our children from the growing menace of drugs,” he said.

The chief minister constituted a committee comprising Minister Health Dr Sikandar Mendhro, Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Secretary Education Iqbal Durrani and Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho for drafting law for making drug testing of students of secondary to higher secondary level. “It would be mandatory for every student to qualify the test,” he said and added “I am sure parents would cooperate and support him in this task.”

The secretary education said that he has started preparing the list of the students so that the same could be shared with health department for starting drug tests. On this the chief minister said that he would release the funds for the tests as and when required.

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