André Oosterlinck: "Our teaching staff have not adapted to the challenges. Our children have to learn to live in a complex world. They have to learn how to adapt. And from who are they supposed to learn this? From teaching staff that are conservative and that as a group have an intellectual level that is too low."
Mr Oosterlinck claims that the problems in teacher training have not been addressed: "The minister has commissioned audits. Some courses had extremely poor results, but nothing has been done about it."
Education Minister Smet rejects the criticism: "It goes without saying that if he had acted, teachers would have been up in arms."
Mr Smet continues: "I may be an untypical socialist, but I am convinced that society needs an elite: a cultural elite. Not everybody will belong to it, but everybody should have the chance to belong to it."