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.