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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 23:53 IST

Written parental consent mandatory to dress students as Santa Claus: Shajapur education dept

This comes ahead of Christmas when schools organise functions where children are dress as Santa Claus, which sometimes causes controversies.

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The education department in Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh has issued an order for all private schools in the district to get consent from parents before dressing their children as Santa Claus for Christmas. This comes ahead of December 25, when schools organise functions where children are dress as Santa Claus, which sometimes causes controversies.

Issued on December 14, the letter stated that failure to get a written consent from parents before making students wear costumes will invite disciplinary action. This action could also lead to the school losing its recognition and credibility.

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The letter which was signed by district education officer, Vivek Dubey explained the move citing controversies which are created when children are forced to wear specific costumes without parental consent.

Officer Dubey said that there are around 1500 schools in the district and all of them have been instructed not to dress students as Santa Claus to avoid any controversy.

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He also warned that if any parent complains to the department about violation of the orders, the schools could get their gates closed. 

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 23:41 IST

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