MY PARENTS WERE BEHIND MY SUCCESS – TOP PUPIL
Evelyn Baring Primary School top pupil Bandiswa Mabila, who recorded a 78 per cent mark to earn a Merit in the Standard Five external examinations, has thanked her parents for being instrumental in her success.
Mabila, who was among the best of the best pupils in the country, placed her school on the map by being placed in the top 10 pupils in the country.
She thanked her parents for having contributed to her achievement, mentioning that even in the previous classes, she has been on top of her game as she topped her classmates since Grade One.
She said her parents were fully supportive, especially when she was preparing to start writing her external exams.
She said she never stopped watching TV as something others would normally do.
“I had my own plan of studying and I did not miss my favourite TV programmes especially soapies. My mother tried but in vain to advise me against this habit of spending time glued on TV instead of being glued to my books. She would try to hide even the remote control as someone who was concerned and thinking I was going to fail.
I understood her concern but I kept assuring her that I was going to make it and look what I did. She is over the moon as I made her, my father and the whole family proud hence we have even been visited by you media people,” said the 12-year-shy looking girl.
Bandiswa, who is the last born in the family, said she started using part of Sundays in her study programme plan and this worked tremendously for her.
“I used Sundays profitably as someone addicted to TV and I used to be found sleeping with books on my chest while watching it (TV),” said Bandiswa.
Bandiswa wants to be a doctor when she is through with her high school education. She will be doing her secondary school at Evelyn Baring High.
On the other hand, Bandiswa’s mother, Cebisile Mabila said her daughter did the family proud and she was thankful to God for being there for her.
“She has been excelling since Grade One. She did her part and we also did our part, but on top of all, I think she has achieved all this through God’s grace. It is Him who played an important part to see her being an achiever and making the family happy.”
Bandiswa will be presented with an expensive smart phone for her achievement.
Bandiswa Mabila from Evelyn Baring Primary School with her mother Gcebile Mabila at home at Maseyisini.