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Government committed to enforce “Zero Tolerance” policy towards drugs in schools, says Education Minister

Date: July 24, 2018
Domain:Education & Training; Health
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 24 July, 2018: Government is committed to enforcing a “Zero Tolerance” policy towards drugs within our schools and it is the responsibility of one and all to ensure that a safe and supportive environment for the entire school community is maintained.
The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, made this statement yesterday at the opening of a sensitisation workshop on “Drug Use Prevention” at the Le Voila Hotel, Bagatelle. The workshop was an initiative of the Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and the CIM Group.
The sensitisation workshop is the second phase of a three-pronged approach initiated by the Ministry to curtail the drug bane. The deliberations and recommendations will culminate towards the introduction of the Drug Use Prevention Programme in the secondary school curriculum.  The programme will be implemented on a pilot basis in 48 secondary schools and will be extended ultimately to primary schools. It will be delivered by competent facilitators in 12 sessions during the Activity Periods.
In her address, the Minister, reassured that we have not had many drug-related cases in our school but however she observed that one case registered is one too many and that the threat is real. Hence, she underpinned the importance of such a drug prevention programme in schools which she said will also teach students how to overcome negative peer pressures. We have to help them to develop sound resistance skills as well as to understand the nefarious aspects of the prevalence of substance use in their peer groups, she added.
Furthermore, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun called upon rectors and managers, leaders of secondary schools, who are the frontline drivers of the programme, to be fully engaged in the fight against drugs at schools. She urged them to be the role models for their students, instil confidence in them, help build their self-esteem but, most importantly, teach the students refusal skills.
Prior to the sensitisation workshop, a validation workshop was carried out to examine the draft for the relevant curriculum. The first phase of the programme consisted of meeting with the various stakeholders namely Ministries, the Police, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate, and NGOs, among others.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org
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