Teachers, children and parents marched in Cape Town on Saturday to protest against the closure of 27 low income schools The schools, many in rural areas, are closing because according to the education department in Western Cape, their facilities are inadequate, pupil numbers are dwindling and they are 'underperforming.' Advocates for  the schools however say that what they need is support not closure - not least through more teachers and better facilities. Teachers say that some pupils come to them in year 8 and 9 unable to read and write, and without any extra help they are expected to get them through exams. The closure of some rural schools will mean children having to walk many kilometres to get to school. Pupils at one school, Denneprag Primary, would have to walk 9.8 kilometres a day to and from school on a road with no barrier and no pavement. Moreover there are fears from campaigners that one secondary school near the centre of Cape Town is being closed so that children will not travel out of the townships, where the vast majority of  them live. According to the leader of the Save Our Schools campaign talking to one news outlet,  the closures would result in: "pupils being barred from certain areas, creating a Group Areas Act situation". Campaigners who include SADTU - the teachers' union, religious groups and NGOs are threatening to take the state government to court and escalate the protests,  if the closures are not halted.