– The Mercury – 10 October 2008
By Sibusiso Mboto
About 100 schools in KwaZulu-Natal will be armed with a new device that will allow the random testing of urine samples for drug use on pupils by early next year.
This was revealed during the School Safety Summit held in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, where drug abuse among pupils was described as the main cause of violent behaviour at schools.
The countrywide roll-out of the device has received the blessing of the national education department. Two teachers (a male and a female) would be identified at each school to undergo a workshop on conducting tests and use of the devices.
Project director Shaheed Shaik predicted that the project would yield
good results. According to Shaik, a school with 1000 pupils would need
200 such devices, which were used once and then discarded.
Education MEC Ina Cronje said the summit was meant to improve safety
at the schools, which, she said, should not be regarded as solely the