SMS Tapah

Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah (English: Tapah Science Secondary School; abbreviated SESTA) is a Malaysian government boarding school (Sekolah Berasrama Penuh/SBP) located in the town of Tapah, Perak. It occupies an area of 30 acre land, four kilometers from the town. It began its operation on 16 April 2010.[1]

SMS Tapah
Jalan Pahang, 35000

TypePublic, Government Residential School
MottoBerilmu Bertaqwa (Knowledgeable and Faithful)
Established16 April 2010 (2010-04-16)
School districtBatang Padang
PrincipalShaharudin Bin Muhd Daud
GradesForm 1–Form 5
Number of students755 (as of 2019)
Medium of languageMalay and English
AffiliationsSekolah Berasrama Penuh, Ministry of Education (Malaysia)


Planning and Construction

Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah is a science-based residential school located in the town of Tapah. It is the first in the district of Batang Padang. It is built at Batu 3 Jalan Pahang, on the main road to Cameron Highlands, near the Tapah exit of North–South Expressway. Construction started on 12 October 2006 and was scheduled to complete on 11 November 2008, but completion was delayed to 29 August 2009. Zulkarnain Zainal Abidin was appointed as the caretaker of the school in March 2009. The total cost of construction was RM38,482,000.00.[2]


The school opened on 23 October 2009, by Hajjah Norlia Mohd Shuhaili, Deputy Director of the Residential and Excellence School Department. On 1 February 2010 Hadi Mat Dain was appointed as the first principal of the school. By March 2010, 35 teachers had been hired. The school's first intake of students started on 16 April 2010.[3] Due to lack of complete infrastructure that moment, Upper Form intakes only began next year.


  1. "Perasmian SESTA". Berita Harian. 14 October 2019.
  2. "Sejarah Sekolah". Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah Official Website (Malay). 2010.
  3. "Sejarah Sekolah". 2010. External link in |website= (help)

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