Ethiopia’s government says that mistakes contained in school textbooks were an honest mistake.
The ministry of education had revealed that several text books published between 2004 and 2010 had wrongly defined boundaries of the country’s regional states.
Opposition activists dismiss the government apology saying the alterations were deliberate and a continued attempt by the ruling coalition to distort the country’s history.
It is not clear however if the books will be withdrawn.
The admission comes at a time when the country is facing a wave of protests over boundary disputes in the Oromia and Amhara states, which are the two largest in the country.
In July, protests erupted in the north-west over the failure by the government to move an administrative district from Tigray to Amhara state.
Human rights groups say more than 500 people have so far died since protests began last November
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