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More than 1 in 10 professors fails English language test

Published on 23/09/2013

That's according to a report in De Standaard. The tests took place over the past months. The Flemish government had asked all professors giving classes in English to take part in a language exam to test their English language skills.

More than 1 in 10 professors fails English language test

In all, some 3,000 professors had to do a language exam. On average, 10 to 20 percent of teaching staff failed. At Antwerp university, 13 percent did not pass the test, at Ghent University this was 14 percent, in Hasselt between 15 and 20 percent and Brussels University had the worst score with 20 percent failing.

It is reported that for many professors, the result comes as a small shock. Many of them have been teaching abroad for years and never received a complaint about their English.

In a reaction, many professors claim that the test was too general and not specific enough for their area. At the same time, spokesmen of the different universities and colleges admit that their indignation was partly sparked by "a certain extent of idleness".

Normally, professors failing the exam are no longer allowed to continue teaching in English. Universities are demanding that a transition period be installed to allow them to work on their English language skills.

[Flandersnews.be / Expatica]