The Jakarta Post
Authorities in Depok, West Java, have prohibited all students from celebrating Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.
Depok Education Agency head M Thamrin said on Tuesday that the ban had been communicated through a circular sent to school principals in the city.
“The schools then forwarded the letter to their students,” said Thamrin, as quoted by kompas.com.
Thamrin explained that the ban was meant to “instill character” in students, so as to prevent activities that deviated from religious, cultural and social norms.
“The warning is to anticipate a high number of indecent activities among students celebrating Valentine’s Day,” said Thamrin, adding that the ruling had been decided in an internal meeting with several figures. (jlm)