School drugs tests stalled

Michael Kimberley

A GROUND-BREAKING anti-doping initiative, which would have seen pupils randomly tested for steroids, has been stalled by legal problems.

Eastern Cape schools signed up in droves earlier this year for the Schools Testing Protocol, which was meant to start tomorrow.

It would have allowed schools to initiate unscheduled tests on pupils suspected of doping.

Aimed at eradicating a growing trend of steroid and drug use among teenagers, the tests would have been conducted by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (Saids).

But Saids chief executive Khalid Galant said certain aspects needed to be tweaked before the protocol could be launched.

A number of legal differences had also come up between the protocol and the South African Schools Act.

For the full story read The Herald, or get the complete newspaper, including comics, classifieds, crosswords and back editions in our e-Edition

Leave a Reply