High scorer ac­knowl­edges par­ents’ sup­port

Chaestha, 12, wants to be a neu­ro­sur­geon

Fiji Sun - - Nation - JOSAIA RALAGO LABASA Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: josaia.ralago@fi­jisun.com.fj

With tears stream­ing down her young face, Chaestha Lal of Qawa Pri­mary School, Labasa, walked up to re­ceive her award from her par­ents.

Chaestha scored the high­est over­all mark in the Year Seven Fi­nal Ex­am­i­na­tion. “I feel so hon­oured to have stood next to my par­ents at the stage when they handed over my award,” she said. “My par­ents have been my pil­lar of strength and my men­tors, I owe this all to them. “I am so happy, so proud, I do not know how to de­scribe how I feel. ”

The 12-year-old as­pires to be a neu­ro­sur­geon. Chaestha scored 505/600 and grabbed six prizes in­clud­ing the over­all high­est for the Year Seven ex­am­i­na­tion, high­est scorer in healthy liv­ing, so­cial sci­ence, ba­sic sci­ence, Hindi and first prize for her class.

Her fa­ther, Ro­hit Lal, said: “She hardly stud­ies, but still she man­aged to get this award and first prize for her class. “We have al­ways ad­vised her to work hard so she can have a good job in the fu­ture and be independent.”

Her mother, Sandya Lal, said: “It is im­por­tant that we sup­port our chil­dren in their ed­u­ca­tion, set a timetable for them and see that they are also re­warded when they man­age to achieve good re­sults.”

Photo: Josaia Ralago

Chaestha Lal with her par­ents Ro­hit Lal (left) and Sand­hta Lal at the Qawa Pri­mary School Prize­giv­ing yes­ter­day.

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