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.

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