Countries with citizens with good English proficiency has a great edge in both business and academia and everything. While there are countries excellent in English, like Netherlands and Nordic countries, in other countries, it is more often that most citizens cannot understand oral English on TV, for example Italy, Ukraine, Japan and Taiwan. (The two Asia countries have English class starting from elementary school.)
Proposed policy: citizens that passed a English proficiency exam are granted a flat tax deduction.
Does it work or is it naive? What are other alternatives?