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Class X Board examinations are likely to become compulsory again for CBSE school students, as the Modi government plans to do away with the no-detention policy, a move that could affect about 190 million students in primary and upper primary level.

The no-detention policy currently assures automatic promotion of students up to Class VIII.

A decision to the effect is likely to be taken at the meeting of state education ministers, experts and academicians called by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) on Wednesday.

The CABE is the highest education policy advisory body of the Union Human Resources Ministry. 

The no-detention policy was introduced under the Right to Education Act, 2009, to reduce the burdern on students but has failed to deliver, according to teachers and parents who see it as diluting the quality of education.

There is a possibility that instead of Class VIII, the policy may be made applicable till Class V in a phased manner.

"One of the options being weighed is that no detention policy will stay up to Class V and examination system will return after that," a government official told Livemint on condition of anonymity.

A proposal to the effect was made by a CABE sub-committee headed by the then Haryana education minister Geeta Bhukkal in its report submitted in 2012.

Other recommendations of the sub-committee with regard to revamping the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme are also likely to be discussed at the meeting, the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power in 2014.