CAIRO: Vocational students will undergo drug tests starting from Nov. 22 in order to receive treatment, head of the Central Administration of the Education Ministry Amr Desouki told Youm7.
The tests were scheduled for Nov. 1, but were postponed to hold seminars for the students on the impact of addiction, Desouki said.
The students who may test positive will be treated at the expense of the ministry, he added.
The screening campaign plans to test a total of 4,000 drivers at 600 schools during this academic year 2015/2016. Last year, 7 percent of 1,400 school bus drivers tested positive for drugs.
A 2014 crash in which 11 students burned to death is believed to have triggered the government’s attention to monitor the road after the crash involved a truck driver who tested positive for hashish.