Official said, "It has been proposed that these examinations should be held at the level of Class 3 and 5 with the aim of making teachers accountable for the results and also raising the standards of students."
Earlier, Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayyed, who had disagreed with HRD Minister Kapil Sibal's proposal to scarp Class 10 exams, had pleged that he would take measures to make "teachers accountable".
Private schools and their managements have come out against this proposal.
"How can you expect a third standard student to face board examinations? It would be a punishment for the students - weighing them down psychologically," said a teacher of a private Jammu school, Tilak Raj.
Sources said that government school teachers are also unhappy over the move. "Instead of improving standards, these may further decline, as students of this tender age are unable to go through the rigours of board examination," a government school principal said.