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Similar in Switzerland.

Years 1-6 are for everyone. Then either:

- 3 years of Realschule

- 3 years of Sekundarschule

- 6 years of Gymnasium (where one earns the possibility to go to Uni)

Though it is quite normal to upgrade from Sek to Gymi 2 years in.

The first two options are then followed by an apprenticeship (3-4y) during or after which one can also earn the ability to go to Uni, with some limitations. These limitations can be removed by upgrading that piece of paper, which takes a year.

Complicated and I’m sure I forgot a few things. Point is that there are many paths and upgrading is quite possible.

Also having a large part of the population trained in a trade Is fantastic.

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