Consumer advice and school work are going mobil

Society is getting even more mobil. The economics ministry is launching a new application that will connect consumers and their mobil telephones to the government agency.

The launch will be today, which is the International Day of the consumer, according to the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio. The ministry supports a consumer protection office where individuals with the mobil application can get immediate answers to questions and obtain other information.

The presentation of this device, sponsored by the  Gobierno Digital, will be at 10 a.m. today in the Plaza de las Garantías Sociales  south of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social in San José.

The public school ministry unveiled its mobile application Thursday. This also is a program sponsored by Gobierno Digital and also the U.N. Children’s Fund. The application is for the IOS and Android systems, said the Ministerio de Educación Pública. With the application on a hand-held device parents will be able to make appointments, and youngsters will be able to access existing programs to help them with homework. There also is a school calendar for which a link is displayed via the application.

An example of the types of programs that can be accessed is “Secretos de la Madre Tierra,” which contains material in science, math, civics, social studies and Spanish. An interesting twist is that the program is narrated in the Cabécar native language with Spanish subtitles.

All of these resources are available now, but students more likely will be carrying a smartphone rather than having immediate access to a desktop computer.

At the consumer program today, visitors will be able to file complaints up until 3 p.m. These could be about pricing, warrantees and treatment in retail outlets. The complaints go to the Dirección de Apoyo al Consumidor.

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