We have moved back to India after living abroad for several years. After an intensive school search we have selected Manthan Intl school for our 6 year old child. The head of the school has answered all our queries very patiently. My child is attending the school for about 6 months now. What I have realised is that they are having a major problem with the management team. some of the partners have moved out. The head of the institution and his wife behave very high handedly with parents and are not open for any suggestions from parents. The school lunch is pathetic, they do not serve any child friendly meals. The menu is the same for adults and kids which is not fair. We are talking about pre primary and primary students here. The school lacks terribly in curriculum and transport as well. I do not reccomend this school for anyone.
Hmm, never heard a Negative tone against Manthan. Looks like things are changing and thanks for updating us..
Looking forward to other parents if they have same feelings..
Very aptly written by virasi. The head of the institution and his wife outwardly behave as though they are very open to suggestions and down to earth. The truth is that Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy is very high headed and not at all open to suggestion/complaints. Initially they did have a good team of teachers, but now it is a different case. Some of the teachers are impolite and even punish the children, though they dont beat. Some of them are even off their head and scream at children. Calling up the school to complain about teachers behaviours goes to deaf years. They dont accept the incident that has happened, and say it is not possible, and stand strong on the point that their teachers are hand picked and well trained. But it is not the case.
Apart from that, the school has lured parents for admissions in the beginning stating that a new campus was in the making at medchal highway. Admissions started pouring in from Secunderabad too. Now since the past two years they are advertising for a new campus in Tellapur and attracting new admissions in that area. Till date there is no news of the new campus, infact even the foundation is not laid. When asked, they give a date of six months ahead giving 100% assurance. When the time lapses, they give a fresh date.
Dont be attracted by the down to earth talking that they do. They are not worth the money!
thanks for updating
I had put my son in Manthan and later on shifted him to Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Vidyashram Jubilee hills. Initially , i thought the school was thorough but realised later that the pace of learning is very slow. Teachers don't seem to have a a good level of competence , thanks to their model wherein they dont necesarily hire qualified teachers but merely interested ones and rely on internal training. Since internal trainers are changing so is the focus on training.
I am so glad so many parents share the same feelings about the school as i do. My 6 yr old always throws tanturms to go to school. He says his teacher is scolding him even if its not his fault.
I totally agree with every single aspect of the discussion. The most pathetic school experience for my child and us.
God bless the parent who started this discussion tree.
I dont agree with you guys, There are 300 plus students in Manthan & I know Manthan since its inception, it was just less then 50 students when they started.,Coming to curriculam they are awsome!!, I am seeing my kid and I have seen other kids who are doing great.
if you feel that your kid needs pressure and become a IITian tmmw well thats true this is not the right shcool.
Manthan concept is simple Slow and study with perfection.
If Manthan wanted to go commerically thier student stregnth would have been 1000 ++ But thier concept is simple, limited students with great Focus.
Yes coming to the new campus, They have committed 2014, I am sure the work is going on. if not I will check with them too.
Dear parents, We all do the best for our kids,Teachers in Manthan are not rude as you think.
Let me share a fact , 6 months back I recieved an email from my son's teacher That his concentration is lacking and always making noise in class room.
They adviced us some areas of what as a parent we have to do..Which we did. Today he is back in track.
Well He is just a kid..You do expect kid doing this..We dont want kid to be too mature at the age for 4-5-6-7 years
Well Sorry if you feel this as a debate or something ..This is my experience with Manthan.
Any parent ..with issues pls call me for clarfication at 810-501-8801 only between 4pm to 6 pm..
Thanx Harsha -
We have two kids in Manthan. We returned from US 2 years back. We are very pleased with the school. One of them is in the 4th grade and the second one is in the 2nd grade. As you can probably imagine, both of them have adjusted differently. My older one does not like the food - but then he stubbornly refuses to eat any Indian food. My second one loves the food and raves about the sambar. My older one refused to acknowledge the existence of other languages besides English - The special attention paid by his Hindi teacher(s) has enabled him to read and write Hindi. My younger one can even sing Hindi songs.
I am also very impressed with the social awareness imparted in the school. My kids are more aware of the environment and the social needs of the society at large. They both now donate their old toys and clothes to an orphanage or kids at traffic lights. I am very proud of them.
Like any other large sample size - statistically not evey one can be happy. It is simply impossible to please every one. I can only speak for my experience and we continue to recommend Manthan very strongly. We are very happy with the experience so far.
The only issue I have with Manthan is the Capris for boys. Well it is a personal choice, I just do not think boys should wear capris (its a US Vs. Europe thing). Luckily Kids do grow tall fast and the Capris do become shorts as the year progresses.
Please feel free to send us a note if you have any questions and we would be more than happy to provide answers.
They do have orientation sessions for parents in a collective environment in the beginning of the year. We are more than free to express our opinions.
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We moved back to India from Singapore and have nothing but praise for Manthan and the team there. one of those rare schools truly interested in the children's learning and growth rather than just focused on curriculum or the parents' wallets. We have been parents at the school for two years. Our email is email@example.com.
This is NOT a post from the Management team. We've written a detailed review of the school on this site under the Reviews section. Please check that out if you are keen on exploring schooling at Hyderabad. Honestly you would be doing your children a disservice by not checking out Manthan.
Read our review under the name trees at
Not the largest in terms of size of facilities but on size of conviction they beat everybody hands down.
Committed leadership, great filters when selecting teachers, a focused content team, a caring approach, a 'non-school' feel that takes away fear from the children of schooling and a transparent and open approach - all things we value and admire at Manthan.
We just wish more schools were like them.
Teresa and Leo Fernandez
I am surprised to see so much negative comment about Manthan.My son studied in Manthan in 2011-2012 in Sr. Kg.We came to U.S. in last June so he couldn't able to continue there.We were very satisfied with their curriculum,staffs,teaching methodologies and their commitment.Moreover we find Mr.Ramakrishna Reddy a very humble person and always open to any suggestion.Their syllabus is slow but steady and children learn basics without any pressure.It's almost 9 months but still my child misses Manthan and his teachers.I find their food is very nutritous and my son loved to have lunch in his school.
We will be going back in 2 years and would love to join my son in Manthan.
Dear Parents & Friends,
This post for some reason seems like a war of words and prejudice. Agreed that Manthan or its management is going through a churn and some parents / kids have had some genuine concerns and would have complained about them. However, let us look at the whole dynamics objectively and comparatively as to some of the other schools in the vicinity. All schools will have some problems or other but think how many schools are their wherein you can meet the principal / promoters with such an ease and vent your anger publically. Try doing this with some of the large brands and you will agree that it’s a different world altogether wherein parents are interviewed for hours, kids have to pass written exams, face rejections and then cough up high capitation fee to get the wards admitted. If you complaint publically, you will receive an immediate citation and possible warning on termination of your ward.
We returned to India in Sep 2010 seeking mid-year admission for my son in 4th grade and my daughter in KG. While I got busy with work from day one, my wife travelled in autos and taxis making trips to all possible big schools in near vicinity only to face rejection (seats are genuinely limited) and we were disappointed. It is then we started to explore other options and we visited several schools, including Manthan. It was relatively 1/20 or 1/30 the size of some other schools, few grades had single section with 1 or 2 students in each class and I met an outgoing principal (served earlier as principal of a large school) who warned us against getting our ward in this school. Irrespective there were several positive and I got personally attracted and got my wife to visit and witness for self. The school was well planned and very clean, classes were well equipped and invested into, cafeteria was neat and workable and they had a small but practical play area. We were in L&T Serene County at Madhapur and at that time there were only 2-3 kids going to Manthan, we spoke to them, got positive feedback. I got a friend of our (who was promoter of another school in Jubilee Hills, where my son earlier studied) and she was truly delighted having looked at curriculum, library and teaching aids. I then had a chance to speak with Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy and was impressed with his understanding of the educational system in the country and where we were going good and where all we need to do better. We finally got our kids admitted and were nothing but full of praise. We also had some similar complaints now and then but objectively having looked at it realized that these were minor things in light of larger interest of the kids. When we returned back to US in Sep 2011, there were 15+ students from our residential community going to Manthan by that time. Our daughter loved her school and specifically her teachers so much that she cried for several days and wanted us to take along Manthan with her (wherever we went).
Our son loved every bit of it, picked up spoken and written Hindi in less than a year (had an excellent teacher name Vani or named similar) and aced in most of the tests. Post school hours, he was busy with home-work for almost all the subjects but we never found him kind of pressurized or anything. Mathematics and specifically science was being taught in truly international mode (lots of practical experiments and outdoor visits). Our daughter just loved every bit of her face time with teachers, playtime, arts, music, reading, writing, dance and many other activities. Both the kids loved the food, which was tasty and nutritious. Have seen some parents complaint about kids meals – think what we had as kids – everything that mom cooked. We don’t need special meals for kids – we need balance and nutrition and think not all schools actually have a facility wherein freshly cooked, warm food is served for breakfast, lunch and then some snacks. All the text books and material, stationery and aids were provided by school and we had no additional expenses other than the agreed fee (which definitely got increased within a year).
Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy is a visionary and Shalini is truly gifted (just spend some time to understand how and what effort she has placed along with her team to get the curriculum defined, text books printed, bounded and made available for distribution at start of the academic year). They seem truly committed to this charter and look at educational holistically wherein they along with parents have invested time and energy in some of the government run and special need schools – just find out about those from parents and teachers. Focus on the thought and commitment of the school administration and teachers and not on the attitude of individuals which can get hazy because of our EGOS on both sides. Let us not be in a rat race to get our kids in BIG BRANDS and see how we can act differently and as parents participate in growth of a school which we and our kids will be proud of now and in future.
Though we have moved out of the country and our kids are no more in Manthan, we have nothing but good words for success and growth of this incredible institution. We are confident that under increased ownership and control of Mr. Reddy, this institution will grow and prosper rapidly. Last but not the least, this is not a post from school management and we are not paid to write this. If you are an anticipating parent or a prospective teacher and wish to seek a non-prejudiced and balanced score-card on school and its promoters, please write to us or call us (we are in PST hours).Cheers,
I would like you all to consider this as just another data point while you form an opinion about Manthan International School. This is not intended as a refutation, challenge, or an argument for or against the positive, or negative, observations others have posted here.
As the parent of a child who has been studying in this school since its inception, my husband and I've been only impressed and pleased so far with the school's management, the curriculum they follow, the cultural activities they do, the social awareness aspects the school children are exposed to, and the guest speakers they invite to the school. We like the teaching methodology. My son has been learning and retaining everything he is supposed to for his grade level, which tells me that the quality of the teachers and the teaching style is at least at, or exceeds, our expectations. I can honestly say that my son wouldn't have gotten some of the wonderful opportunities Manthan has given him, had he continued his schooling in his previous school. I am also a parent who has been through fairly good middle and high schools with my older child, and I use this experience while monitoring/comparing Manthan.
I would also like to mention here that we had given at least three suggestions which the management has actually implemented successfully.
Again, for us, it has only been a wonderful experience from the day of orientation till now. I think these websites provide an excellent mechanism of exchanging honest observations, concerns, and perceptions people have regarding their children's schools. Parents, feel free to email me if you need any more feedback on Manthan.
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