More than 1 in 10 professors fail English language test

10 to 20 percent of the professors teaching at college or university flunked an English language test. 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.

In all, some 3,000 lecturers 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 vanity."

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.