Colombia has one of the lowest English proficiency rates in the world, according to a global study.
Colombia scored as the second lowest country in South America for English proficiency within the already very low ranking region, according to English First.
Globally, the ony measured countries with a lower proficiency rate are Panama, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Libya.
The lack of English knowledge is “partly explained by the importance of Spanish in the area,” but can also largely be owed to the poor education and severe inequality of the country, said English First.
The correlation of inequality and lack of English proficiency makes sense when looking at Colombia, which ranks exceptionally high on the Gini Index, an index that ranks inequality within a country.