Drug testing at schools
Is it a human rights violation or a prudent measure to combat the scourge of drugs, which affects people at ever younger ages, and causes incalculable social harm?
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Is it a human rights violation or a prudent measure to combat the scourge of drugs, which affects people at ever younger ages, and causes incalculable social harm?

The practice of allowing drug testing in schools and entertainment facilities has sparked debate. Parents are desperate to see drugs under control, and some believe that the possibility of having to be tested will be a deterrent. Of course, there is a minefield of privacy and constitutional issues to navigate.

Numerous studies and reports indicate that drugs are rife in our schools, even amongst primary school goers.

To give you an idea of the scope of the problem, consider a report on News24 quoting a clerk at Belville magistrate’s court. In just one week, this clerk had processed 30 protection orders, sought by parents against their own children. In most cases, these teenage children are addicted to the drug tik, and extremely violent.

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