Johannesburg - Schooling in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, was disrupted on Wednesday following a protest by residents trying to illegally invade land.
“Parents are keeping them from school and some parents are choosing to take them out of school out of concern for their safety,” Gauteng education department spokeswoman Phumla Sekhonyane said.
No schools had been closed in the area.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said it was of “extreme” concern that when communities engaged in protests, schools became targets resulting in pupils losing valuable time.
Lesufi said the department was in the process of engaging the community to prevent further school disruptions.