The implementation of the Education Act 1961 in Malaysia has led to the conversion of many Chinese Secondary Schools into English Secondary Schools, whereas those that refused to convert became Independent Chinese Secondary Schools. Following this crises of restucturing of schools, situations plunged into a low point for the running of Independent Chinese Secondary Schools. Owing to a lack of subsidy from the government, these Independent Chinese Secondary Schools were suffering from a lack of funds and rapid decline in the numbers of students, with their survival and development in great crisis.
In order to save the Chinese mother-tongue education, the Chinese community started a mighty Revival Movement for Independent Chinese Secondary Schools in the 1970s. The torch of the movement was first lit in Perak, to which overwhelming response was then received across the country. In 1973, Dong Jiao Zong convened the General Assembly of the Nationial Movement of the Development of Independent Chinese Secondary Schools and accepted the Recommendations for Chinese Independent Secondary Schools, and established the Dong Jiao Zong Development of Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Working Committee (“DJZ MICSS Working Committee”).
The main obligation of the DJZ MICSS Working Committee is to develop Chinese Independent Secondary Schools and to promote and maximise the advantages of mother-tongue education on the basis of implementing the Recommendations for Chinese Independent Secondary Schools. Various work units have been set up by the DJZ MICSS Working Committee for the tasks of compiling unified textbooks, conducting unified examinations, and promoting the training of teachers, vocational education, guidance to students on furthering their studies, student activities, fund-raisings, etc.
The administrative operations of the DJZ MICSS Working Committee are carried out by the administration department of Dong Zong. Dong Zong is responsible for hiring staff to implement the work of Dong Zong and the DJZ MICSS Working Committee.