Students face random testing, but analysis is done overseas to keep results confidential
Students at international schools are subjected to random drug tests throughout the year, but analysis is done overseas to keep results confidential.
By Lydia Vasko
They may take a zero-tolerance approach to drugs, yet when it comes to testing their students for it, international schools prefer to play it cautious.
At the International School Singapore (ISS), Tanglin Trust School (TTS), Lycee Francais de Singapour (LFS) and Singapore American School (SAS), students are subjected to random drug tests throughout the year.
But to protect students from prosecution, the schools send these tests overseas for analysis. TTS sends its samples to a laboratory in Britain.
ISS sends its samples to the United States, 'using a code so that the student's identity is kept confidential', said headmaster Tony Race. The schools declined to comment on how much they spend each year doing this. TTS said 'it's not a significant amount'.