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Explanation: In the swiss system, a high school (degree) preparing students for further vocational or commercial training (apprenticeship) after high school. Handelsmittelschule does not qualify graduate students to go to university, nor pursue an academic path otherwise.
Explanation: I don't know about the Swiss system, but maybe this info and the site below will be helpful.
The Mittelschule in Sachsen offers different types of education with general and pre-vocational courses and provides the prerequisites for later vocational qualifications. For the subjects taught at Mittelschule, see the descriptions of Hauptschule in chapter 184.108.40.206.1. and Realschule in chapter 220.127.116.11.2. . Grades 5 and 6 serve as an orientation stage. Setting begins in grade 7, according to the desired qualification and required performance, in certain main subjects (mathematics, first foreign language, German, physics and chemistry). On entering grade 7, pupils also choose a specific direction for their elective subjects (technical subjects, economics, social/home economics, languages, arts or sport). These electives occupy 3 periods a week. As of grade 7, all pupils are also taught Applied Computer Science during one period a week. After the successful completion of grade 9, pupils are awarded a Hauptschulabschluss and, if they have done particularly well, may earn the qualifying Hauptschulabschluss. Upon successful completion of grade 10 and the final examination, pupils receive a Realschulabschluss.