In response to growing concerns over the use of synthetic drugs among students, lawmakers in the Sindh Assembly have called for random drug tests in educational institutions. The proposal is put forward to address the increasing prevalence of drug abuse among the youth and ensure a healthier, safer environment in schools and colleges.

Proposals for Implementing Drug Tests in Educational Institutions

Amidst intense debate, lawmakers from both the treasury and opposition benches suggested mandatory drug tests for students seeking admission to private and public colleges and universities. They argued that only students who test negative should be granted admission. Furthermore, they proposed that high school, college, and university students who test positive should be barred from sitting for their examinations. These measures were discussed during a session led by Pakistan Peoples Party’s Nida Khuhro, who highlighted the alarming rise in drug usage among students.

Senior Minister Sharjeel Memon, responsible for the information, transport, and excise departments, assured that the proposal for random drug tests would be presented to the provincial cabinet. Memon emphasized that positive test results would be handled confidentially, shared only with the students’ parents; this approach aims to trace the sources of drug supply and mitigate the issue effectively. Despite some resistance, the provincial government is committed to achieving consensus and exploring alternative methods to detect drug use if necessary.

Addressing the Drug Menace in Educational Institutions

The debate also brought attention to the concerns regarding the easy availability of synthetic drugs, described by Memon as a “delicious poison” infiltrating educational institutions. Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho highlighted the seriousness of the problem, noting the trend of students purchasing drugs online and using them during social gatherings and exam preparations, leading to addiction.

Lawmakers also discussed the role of extracurricular activities in combating drug use. PTI’s Rehan Rajput pointed out that a lack of sports and recreational opportunities contributes to the problem, suggesting that reclaiming public spaces for such activities could be part of the solution.

The motion for random drug tests in educational institutions has been referred to the provincial cabinet for further consideration, with a focus on safeguarding the future of Sindh’s youth and eradicating the drug menace from its roots.

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