PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told the people of Nadogo that there was no room for racism in Fiji.
Responding to a concern raised during a talanoa session regarding the unfairness of scholarship awards based on race preference, Commodore Bainimarama said this was not true and that students should perform to get scholarships.
Speaking in the iTaukei language, Commodore Bainimarama said he had also received concerns from iTaukei groups regarding the involvement of the Attorney-General Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum as a way of impeding iTaukei development.
"Those with these sorts of racist ideas should stop because it will just hinder our attempts to better our nation," he said.
"In fact the new Constitution strives to mend all ethnic differences in an attempt to unite us as one people.
"We should refrain from relying on such racist ideas and remarks as it will only affect our attempts to grow as a multicultural country."
Commodore Bainimarama said academic success was based on the performance of every individual.
Speaking to iTaukei parents, he encouraged them to strive for academic enlightenment and the success of their children.
"If your child is getting his or her marks in the range of 300, encourage them to exceed the 300 mark and go for 380," he said.