There is a difference between secondary education and higher education (e.g. university level).
In high school, Dutch is still seen as the most important/prominent language in education.With the exception of two-language education, all subjects are simply given in Dutch and the importance of Dutch is also carefully underlined. Mastering correct and elegant Dutch is absolutely necessary to have a voice in Dutch society. Secondary education recognizes this importance and thus pays a lot of attention to the spelling and grammar review but also correct word choice etc. Not only in the Dutch lesson this is important, but also in subjects such as history, geography etc. You need to have a good grip on the Dutch language.
In higher education This is different.Particularly at universities one spends ever more attention on English-language education. Dutch is therefore in second place. When I was studying this was still not very advanced, but today’s students are getting more and more teaching materials in English. Even Dutch-language studies are often given in English. Here are two main reasons for:
- Studies should be given in English to make them more attractive to the foreign student.
After all, foreign students deliver more money and take their knowledge with them.
Education in English (the most universal language in the Western world) makes Dutch students more competitive in the international labour market.
These are obviously clear and predominantly good reasons, but it has a miserably effect on the Dutch language.The language use of the highly educated Dutchman is Raffedert. English sneaks inward and transforms our language usage.
The answer to your question is therefore: in secondary education the Dutch language possesses the most important linguistic position, in higher education Dutch is in many cases replaced by English with as reasons: the higher yield of International education and the greater competitive position that English education creates for Dutch students.
Not In my old school.On the contrary. Dutch was considered very important to us. So I was proud that I always had good grades for that box (and I still make almost every answer again mistakes, you have to check).
And during the English lessons, Dutch was also just talking to each other.
This is true in some way for university education.Around half of all courses are now given in English, although the Higher Education Act expressly stipulates that all courses should also be offered in Dutch. This law is a dead letter.