The Code of Ethics of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) is a guide to language testers of how they should conduct their business in ways that are caring and compassionate, and at the same time deliberate and professional. It is complemented by locally formulated Codes of Practice. The Code of Ethics is already available in eleven languages.
A team of South African translators, Sanet Steyn and Gini Keyser, tasked by the Network of Expertise in Language Assessment (NExLA), did the initial translation of the Code of Ethics into Afrikaans. Then Colleen du Plessis, Albert Weideman, and language policy specialist Theo du Plessis produced a further two drafts. The fourth draft of the Code is now being presented to the language testing community at large, and has been placed on the NExLA website for comment.
If you have comments on this draft before the end of January 2018, we would greatly appreciate it.
One hopes that it will be the beginning of a greater awareness of ethical test design and administration not only among Afrikaans and English language testing professionals, but also among those who use and are concerned with testing in other indigenous languages in South Africa. There is no reason why it should not be translated into several of the other South African languages.