To­mas wants ‘sick’ teacher re­moved

Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña yes­ter­day said he wants the teacher who re­fused to un­dergo manda­tory drug test in­sti­tuted by the City Of­fice of Sub­stance Abuse Preven­tion last Tues­day re­moved from his post.

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“He should be taken out from the sys­tem, from the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion,” he told re­porters.

This was af­ter re­porters sought his re­ac­tion on the COSAP re­port that a teacher at Alaska Mam­bal­ing Elementary School did not sub­mit him­self to the screen­ing.

The mayor said the teacher should be kicked out as a warn­ing to other teachers and non-teach­ing per­son­nel who will refuse to take the drug test.

COSAP Head Garry Lao di­vulged that the teacher re­fused to take the test claim­ing he was sick. Lao said be­ing sick is not a valid rea­son to de­cline the ran­dom drug test­ing since it would not af­fect the re­sult.

Told about what the mayor said, Lao said he was in fa­vor of the de­ci­sion.

“I want the teacher to be given a sanc­tion. Teachers should serve as role model sa stu­dents. ‘Nya ni-refuse man ‘nuon siya. He should be given a sanc­tion,” he said, adding that the re­fusal in­vited sus­pi­cion.

Lao said the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion-Cebu City is now draft­ing a let­ter ask­ing the teacher for an ex­pla­na­tion.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view, City Coun­cilor Joy Au­gus­tus Young, deputy mayor for ed­u­ca­tion, told re­porters that he will let DepEd han­dle the mat­ter.

“Kanang ni-refuse siya, makaduda na gyud na. Be­ing sick is not an ex­cuse. I would rather have the DepEd han­dle it. I think re­quired man gyud sila ana,” he said.

Dr. Bian­ito Da­gatan, Cebu City Schools Di­vi­sion su­per­in­ten­dent, said they will ask for an ex­pla­na­tion from the teacher.

As of yes­ter­day, 255 teachers and non-teach­ing per­son­nel from 12 pub­lic schools have been sub­jected to the ran­dom drug test al­ready.

The schools are Regino Mer­cado Elementary School, Regino Mer­cado Night High School, Alaska Mam­bal­ing Elementary School, Alaska Mam­bal­ing Night High School, Can­tipla In­te­grated School, Tabunan In­te­grated School, Tag­bao Elementary School, Tag­bao-Na­tional School, Paril Elementary School, Paril Na­tional High School, Cam­binocot Elementary School, and Cam­binocot High School.

Mean­while, Lao said he asked Da­gatan to tem­po­rar­ily put on hold the ran­dom drug test and in­stead come up with an as­sess­ment this week.

This is also to avoid the sched­ule be­com­ing pre­dictable.

Kung ev­ery­day, makasakop na sila nga ev­ery­day, mag­ban­tay na gyud na sila nato. Mahibaw-an nila ang trend ba, so dili sa­gun­sunon nato,” Lao said.

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