January 24, 2013
Belgium's future teachers show worrying gaps in general knowledge
A large number of Belgium's future secondary school teachers struggle with basic concepts of geography, politics and history, a study has revealed.
Among final-year teaching students involved in the study, one in three could not identify the United States on a map and almost half did not know where the Pacific Ocean was.
Shown a picture of Mao Zedong, two in three could not recognise the Chinese communist leader, with the most common response being that it was the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.