The principal of an Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) in Phillipi – who was shot during a robbery – remains in critical condition.

According to NGO, the South African Education Project (SAEP), the principal of Rise and Shine Centre was hit in the face, in full view of children, last week.

It’s understood two men entered the facility pretending to be looking for a crèche for a six-month-old baby.

One of them went out and returned with a third armed man.

While the suspects were stealing a TV, the principal screamed and she was then shot.

The police have confirmed that an investigation is underway and that no one has been arrested at the stage.

SAEP spokesperson, Shane Everts, says numerous ECDs are being targeted by criminals.

“We appeal to Police Minister, Bheki Cele, and Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, to urgently intervene and secure the safety of our women and children in their schools. This is the second serious attack resulting in injury and trauma, in a series of attacks targeting schools and ECD centres.”