ASPIRING politician Roshika Deo says when devising policies pertaining to national scholarships, the government should take into consideration the realities of the education system and the social context in which the citizens live.
Ms Deo, who is conducting signature drives around the country for her 5000 signatures to register as an independent candidate, claimed the quality of education in Fiji was not the same everywhere.
"Taking into consideration factors that the quality of education is not the same in all the schools around the country, policies that are responsive to the needs of different communities should be developed," Ms Deo said.
She said the socio-economic standards differed for each child and their communities.
"If a child lives in an area where there is no electricity or the family struggles to send the child to school every day due to financial challenges such as books and lunch, then their access to education is limited and affected, thus depriving them of a scholarship is unjust.
"If a child is in an abusive environment and in an unsupportive family, it also affects them in school.
"It is important that we have policies that are cross sectional and attempt to address the realities so that a level playing field is created and scholarships are awarded on an equitable standard and encompass the true value of merit."