You would have expected them to be excited for getting certificates, but the AGOA girls were yesterday either crying foul or wearing gloomy faces instead.
It all started when about 421 of the 1,060 girls, were told to go home after a three-month tailoring course at Bugolobi, the former Coffee Marketing Board premises.
With some in Tri- Star T-shirts, they grumbled over the criteria used to select who is to go home and who was to remain.
The girls said the process was discriminatory, while others alleged they had been fired.
â€œWe thought the course was to help the poor but only those with diplomas and degrees have been retained,â€ one of them said
But the administrator of the Uganda Property Holdings, a firm that owns the place, Rosette Keba, yesterday said the girls who excelled in the exams were retained.
â€œThe training was by Tri-Star Company, but at least I saw them sitting for exams and all districts have been affected, so there was no favouritism,â€ she said.
But some girls who braved the afternoon heavy rain, claimed that some of the 640 girls retained had performed poorly in the exams.
421 AGOA girls told to go home