Not all students receive alcohol education at school
Alcohol and other drug education in WA schools is not mandatory or comprehensively recorded. Many WA schools undoubtedly provide high calibre health and physical education programs but no one knows exactly what is going on – what is being taught, how much, how well and with how much teacher training.
We know that schools cannot do everything and that the curriculum is already crowded, but ultimately schools have a critical role in equipping young Australians with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to lead healthy lives.
Many health groups have called for well-supported alcohol and other drug education to be mandatory within the school curriculum. There is strong community support for this, with 91% of WA adults supporting all school students having regular, well-resourced alcohol and drug education (only 2% oppose).
Parents should be entitled to expect that their children will be provided with quality health and physical education in school which gives sufficient emphasis to alcohol and other drugs.
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