Children banned from giving teachers Christmas gift
CHILDREN have been banned from giving their teachers Christmas presents after council chiefs said it could be seen as a bribe.
Schools have been advised by Falkirk council to instruct parents and pupils not to make financial contributions to any staff presents.
A trade union representative said the council was beholden to rules set by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, but an HMRC spokesman denied this was the case.
One primary school sent a letter to parents which said: “As we approach Christmas and recognise that children bring in gifts for teachers and staff, we have been asked to share a new policy from Falkirk council which prevents any employee from receiving gifts. We therefore ask that if you or your child wishes to gift anything that this could possibly be in the form of a card.”
The move has provoked criticism from parents who said they merely want to show their gratitude.
One mother said: “I don’t see what the harm is – my son just wants to show how much he appreciates his teacher.”
Council staff have been subject to the ban for a number of years but it is believed that this is the first year that it has applied to teachers.
A council spokesman said: “While the sentiment is understood, the council has agreed a policy which sets out clearly that no member of council staff should accept gifts.
“If any gifts are accepted then these must be properly recorded and head teachers informed.”